Akrasia (ancient Greek ἀκρασία, “lacking command (over oneself)”), occasionally transliterated as acrasia, is the state of acting against one’s better judgment.

The problem goes back at least as far as Plato. Socrates (in Plato’s Protagoras) asks precisely how this is possible – if one judges action A to be the best course of action, why would one do anything other than A?



Yesterday I dreamed that a group of young men with guns were trying to kill me in some kind of strange game, and tonight I dreamed that a group of teenagers with knives were trying to kill me again. The fact is that the dreams were quite different, but I guess that both were related with not being able to scape from something that is beyond your control.