I already am on my second listening to this book. The first pass was to get an overview. This time I want to become really familiar with the different techniques and maybe even try some. I think I will do a third pass to go in depth.
This book is full of real eye opening insights that reveal why we all keep failing at some of our biggest and most important goals. It allows us to stop beating ourselves up and gives us real tools that we can use to finally reach those goals. It reveals the real enemies of will power and that they are a universal. All people have to fight the same demons.
I am finally hopeful that I have at my disposal the tools I need.
At first I didn't like his voice. He seemed a bit slow but as I kept listening I came to like the sound of it more.
I have bought the book and listened to the audible book. I am an endocrinologist and found many of the ideas and facts from this book relevant to those who have diabetes and obesity. I use some of her ideas in my speech on obesity and diabetes. Unfortunately the ideas are quickly forgotten. Losing weight by force of will generally works just a short time. However the book is relevant and helpful. The main thing that I realized from the book is how to help those who are over-stressed.
There were areas of introspection for myself that are humorous. Yes when I am doing well with my willpower that is when I fall down. Moral licencing.
There is a lot to encode thus a few sessions are better.
It was worth it.
The reader is terrific and the content relevant.
The research basis of the book gave me a very objective point of view of how to deal with my willpower challenges. Sleep, exercise, stress, sugar, the company you keep etc. all play into your daily choices and habits. It's important to pay attention, stay in the moment and focus on what is truly important to you.
Great voice, pace.
It made me give up chocolate easily and now cutting back on time wasting activities like the internet.
The combination of amazing content with great narrator. I'm not native english speaker, yet I haven't had any difficulties understanding the narrator.
No, this is not a purpose of the book. I've listened to one chapter and then tried to do the "homework" :)
Definitely worth reading!
I've listened to this audiobook twice now and will probably go for a third hearing soon.
The writing is engaging and full of humour (and the narrator perfectly communicates this). Clearly explained science and real life situations make it interesting and thought-provoking. The book is divided up into chapters that discuss one aspect of willpower and sets you "homework " to notice how the facts fit in with your own willpower challenge and new behaviours to try. I feel I've learnt a lot about my own procrastinating and self sabotaging behaviours, am comforted that they are "normal" and have made progress already in turning them around. Highly recommended.
I listened through the whole book fairly quickly and then on the second read I broke it into chapters so I could appreciate the exercises.
Some very simple ideas that are the opposite of what I had previously thought. Now to see if they will work. I can certainly relate to guilt and "what the hell" concepts. Many people might benefit from the suggestions in this book.
Practical, very interesting listen. Backed up by peer reviewed studies. You will see yourself in this book and learn!
I am listening to "The Willpower Instinct" for the 4th time in 6 months, and each listen is better. Many of the messages in the book are counter intuitive, which made me skeptical of its value. However, the more I observed myself and those around me, the more I realized the truth of the message. Each time I listen to the book, I pick up something more. I can't wait for Dr. McGonigal's next book.
This book is outstanding. A detailed, objective description about understanding how your brain processes information and develops or loses will-power. Practical tips on how can one improve their will-power. Highly Recommended!!
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The Power of Habit
I have read many books on human behavior and I would say this is the absolute best. Great mixture of research, facts and real world situations along with an easy read. Other than books to help us grow spiritually and draw from God's resources to overcome I don't think there is a better book on the planet than this one! You will find it very enlightening as to why we do what we do. It was Paul the Apostle that said "I want to do good but there is a law in my body that makes me do things I don't want to do". Paul goes on to give the final answer of how to overcome but it is nice to have a book that lets us know what's going on with that law in our body.