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.
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.