This is a very interesting book. I have to admit that in the first chapter I was skeptical -- and in fact stopped and restarted the book later. I was not a fan of the "this is a class I teach" discussion -- it seemed belabored to me. Anyway, by the second and certainly the third chapter, I was hooked. There are a few things that make this book worth the listen: (a) it is well written and well structured. The scientific studies that are used as examples are interesting, relevant and he gives just enough information to get the point across without belaboring. The structure is consistent throughout each chapter which is nice. (b) The substance of the book is helpful because it encourages you to look at actions with a different perspective. It is really interesting to see how he encourages you just to think about things differently. I thought the points were well taken. (c) the narrator is good and it is an easy listen.
This is a book that I will definitely keep on the list to listen to again. In fact, next time I'm going to listen with pen and paper in hand to take notes!
Yes, offers many experiments to try. Different ideas, different ways of thinking. Its definitely a book to read more than once.
It definitely gave me a few "Ah ha" moments as to why I was doing the things I do.
Would definitely recommend if your looking for some insight into self awareness and will power!
I love most audio books but other great books need to move over to let this one in. The reader sounds like the author! You wonder how there can be so much to be said about this subject but it is spot-on. There were many times where I would think: you saw me do that? And it would make me laugh in the way it was presented.
I would compare this book to "The Spontaneous Healing of Belief" and the book "The Secret." These books help you understand that you need to focus on what you want out of life and not to focus on what you don't want. They talk about human behavior and beliefs and how thoughts and emotions can manifest your life.
The pauses and inflections were in all the right places. It sounded like he wrote the book himself and that he had great knowledge on the subject.
There were some funny stories in there. I liked the story about thinking about white bears and how that story kept coming up in other areas of the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone. But if anyone is struggling with addiction of any kind, this is a must-read. It does bring understanding about human behavior to anyone.
It was a bit interesting but overall felt a little thin. Each section spent a lot of time on story and very little on lesson
Need to listen to really GET the concepts and action items ingrained. Not that it's hard to follow, because it's well-written and performed. But while it is very enjoyable to listen to, one has to apply effort over time to implement the concepts and see improvement. But the process is enjoyable!
Can't think of just one; there were a great many AHA! moments when I gained some insight into something I'd struggled with for a long time.
No, but his voice is a good one for audio books.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Although it had some interesting points, and some good ideas to help with self-control I probably won't be using it much. I purchased this for my sister when it was on sale, since she has no self-control. I figured I would listen and see if it can give me pointers. I am basically happy with my life so that may be why I don't need willpower help. Only when it comes to buying audiobooks ha, ha. After three chapters, I really didn't want to finish it and that was after I only listened to one chapter a week. I'm not really into self-help books so take this review with a grain of salt. Every once in a while I get one such as Gretchen Rubin, Stephen Covey, and Dave Ramsey.
This book will change your life. It's motivational, but completely based on the science of how our brains work. Dr. McGonigal makes every point into something you could integrate into your daily life.
It took me a second to realize Kelly McGonigal is a women because it's read by a man (Walter Dixon). She writes in first person, so I visualized the reader as the author. Rookie mistake. Even after I made the discovery it didn't ruin the listen by any means.
This audio book has good content. However, it is a bit dry at times to listen to. If you are trying to make changes in your life, I recommend this book along with the books called "Change Anything" and "Influencer." There is some overlap in these 3 books, but combined, they provide you with all of the information you need to be successful in making positive changes in your life.
I have listened to this book 3x so far and I will probably listen again soon. Without telling myself to make drastic changes in my life I have lost 13 pounds in 2 1/2 months, cut beer consumption by 60%, and am well on my way to improved health via a routine exercise program. Let's face it, challenges can be, well, challenging! This book gets you to view challenges differently and whittles them down to digestible bites by the simple act of paying more attention and by redefining what your challenges and goals mean to you. No matter what you want to achieve or avoid in your life, this book can help you get started and stay on track.
It had quick fixes and details to help understand the underlying motivations
I did want to keep listening to it, but its too much for one sitting. I plan to listen to it again to get more out of it!