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.
I really enjoyed this book. It is the right mix of science, education, narrative, and practical application. Each chapter is meant to be read and put into practice as the assignment of the week. I listened to the whole thing first and I am currently going back through week by week. It offered a lot of insight into self-sabotaging behaviors via research while making the material interesting. The narration was quite good too. Highly recommend!
At first the narrator sounded like Ned from the simpsons. By the 7th chapter I had to turn it off. He was actually giving me anxiety. I don't know if it was him or the actual examples but I couldn't finish it. It wasn't for me but it can probably help others
Have not read the print, though, since there was a to do list, not having the print version was a minor hindrance. Interestingly, this may force the listener to write down action items of interest which may ultimately serve to reinforce the message in the listener's mind.
No, it was very interesting, but, given the topic, not a page-turner.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a positive message about how to achieve their goals. Some of the stories were not new to me, but the overall message, along with the recommended action-items served a useful purpose.
I had heard that the author had been invited by Google to give a talk. That was why I thought this book deserved a look. The snippet I listened to intrigued me and I bought the book. I am glad I did. It blended some neuroscience, some humor, some practical ideas and anecdotes in a very interesting way. I also found the information very useful. Also, the narration was very good. I had just listened to 'The Ravenous Brain' by the same narrator and was very glad to listen to more brain related material read by him.