Do The Right Thing

Sometimes (okay, rarely) people talk about enkrateia; it means ‘possession’ or ‘command’. Aristotle took this differently, and said enkrateia is having command over oneself, or doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.

Ankrasia is the opposite — lacking command over oneself, or acting against one’s better judgement. Loosely translated, you could say ankrasia is similar to procrastination.