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.
I have already given the hard copy of this book to people as as gift.
It gives you real meat--no rambling, just pure applications to grow one's willpower.
don't think so
it would be a documentary, but "willpower", "will not power"--you put in text everything you want people to remember. (I'm in marketing)
Self growth starts here
I read and listen to a lot of books. I originally bought this as a plan B (insurance) for maintaining the diet I was on. Granted, its only been 6 weeks but here's the kicker...I really feel like I didn't just (go on a diet), I made a lifestyle change. Obviously only time will tell.The book's hilarious too. Fun mis-matches that will get you to put off procrastinating! This ranks as high as it gets for me to recommend reading this to others. Great techniques, supporting stories and exercises. More proof is in the fact I've never written a review before this. Wanted to. Meant to. Just never made it past the procrastination. Here I am getting it done!
Read it together with the summary version of Charles Duhigg's "The Power of Habit"
I believe Walter Dixon wants us to understand willpower is an emotional intelligence tool that will change your life because it's a keystone virtue that can have a critical mass effect!
I'm a raving fan of "The Willpower Instinct".
Will power, won't power and want power...make this book something you'll WON'T WANT to put off! Or WILL you?
Highly recommended, especially for those who are curious as to the underlying mechanisms of willpower. Especially useful to those who may want to examine nutritional goals or need more energy for work.
Dr. McGonigal provides an overview of the theory and practice of willpower, much of which is drawn from McGonigal's course at Stanford. I thought it was interesting, but I think the same content could have been delivered more efficiently if, perhaps, 1/3 of the text was edited out.
I'm sure that many listeners would say that Walter Dixon's narration was pleasant and well delivered, but it was way too slow for me. I played much of it at 2x speed (a first for me) because it seem to be going in slow motion.
I found this to be a really remarkable book. I have listened to a lot of "pop psychology" books lately, with varying degrees of usefulness and interest. This one hit high on both accounts for me.
I for one am in a constant struggle with willpower, and I imagine I'm not the only one. The principles in this book are founded on science and are actionable. For example, the author starts off with research done on the value of meditation in increasing will-power, he then gives some simple examples of how to implement meditation into daily life without shaving your head and buying a seating cushion.
The book is also a bit counter-intuitive, which I loved. The inefficacy of criticism is discussed at length. Having compassion for and accepting another habits may just be the best way to help them over come them. This is fascinating material, and it is found throughout.
There is a sense of humor in this book as well, and a touch of self deprecation which can be rare in scientists. I not only enjoyed this book, it has made me a better person.
The book provides historical and recent research study results that relate to why people do the things they do. But also provides suggestions for combating bad habits and provides you with information on how to build skills to build your own willpower.
There are no characters in this book. Informational book on how to build your own willpower.
Overall it was all good.
Yes and no, I listen to books while I do cardio work outs at the gym. It's a book that kind of needs to be stopped and started so that you can put the suggested behavior and mental changes to practice before moving on with the book.