Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Three things come to mind as one listens to McGonigal’s audio-book. One, everyone has willpower. Two, willpower is an instinct with variable levels of strength. Three, willpower is trainable. The inference of these three things is that “The Willpower Instinct” can change one’s life. McGonigal uses a number of sociological studies to argue that, with correct diagnosis and treatment, willpower can be strengthened to mitigate aberrant human behavior.
McGonigal mentions an experiment done with students that is inferred to conclude that gender discrimination is as prevalent today as in the past. The basis for the conclusion is a question asked of a group of college students. The question is asked in two different ways. One, are women better at home than in the workplace? The second way of asking the question is – are some women better at home than in the work place? The answer most often given for the first question is no but the second is more frequently answered yes. The conclusion drawn by the study is that gender discrimination still exists. Though one may certainly believe that is true, it is not proven by these two questions. One might have answered the second question as yes because it is equally true of some men; i.e. some men are better at home than in the work place. The point is that sociological studies are like the bible; i.e. subject to interpretation.
Putting criticism of sociological experiments aside, McGonigal offers some useful insight to how one can improve their behavior by using psychological exercises to strengthen willpower. One is inclined to believe Kelly McGonigal’s introduction that says classes are well attended and repeated. There are some useful exercises for improving willpower in “The Willpower Instinct”.
After every section of this book, I was ready to try a new technique for increasing willpower. Some of the suggestions worked better than others, but in the end, the book was helpful in finding what techniques worked for me. I can see myself using the tools from this book for years to come.
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I rarely leave reviews, and i even more rearly rate only five stars.
However this book is just that great.
It's great because it is immediately practical, scientiffically based and super simple :)
Recommended for everyone who wants to ferl better, do better and make more good things happend!
I did like all of the data that she researched and discussed. But I think it was too much data/statistics and not enough discussion on how to make the changes necessary.
Much of it was negative too, so how about examples of success stories?
The mention of meditating was very helpful.