I expected this book to be interesting based on the write-up but I was really pleased to find that it was also highly entertaining. The writer is very funny. The narrator was really good and the topic was fascinating.
The science of willpower is explained clearly and concisely which makes it accessible to almost any reader. The case studies and tips included in each chapter make it easy to apply the findings to your own life.
I can recommend this book enough. I think most of my friends and family will be receiving this book as their Christmas presents.
I have listened to the whole book once and am in the process of listening to -and attempting to implement- one chapter each week. The content is fascinating and I do enjoy Walter Dixon's narration. The fact that he speaks slowly is a plus for me, although others have disliked that aspect of the audio book.
Unlike most of the self-help/psychology audiobooks I've heard, this one is written in a simple way that's easy to understand, and even if you're not trying to apply the ideas to your life, some of them just apply themselves it seems. It's nice to understand why we are the way we are, and what measures can be taken so that we can stop doing the things that we don't want to, yet can't resist doing.
I've yet to find any books to compare this one to, because this is the only one that has actually made an impact on my psychology.
He allows me to avoid actual reading, which I don't have time for. He's got a comforting voice, too, and it makes change seem less overwhelming.
chapter seven and on, mostly when you get into the dopamine and impulse control stuff.
I'm somewhat new to audible, but this is a book I'll go back to often,
Australian, living in beautiful central Victoria. Audio book addict otherwise fairly well balanced.
I almost wrote 'life changing' as my title but as not a lot of life has gone by since I've read it perhaps I should wait a while. The audio book grabbed me so much I bought the hard copy to have as a reference to keep dipping into. In a whip smart, easy reading sort of way new theories regarding willpower are explored and explained. And new ideas for finding some are brought forward. It seems there's an 'ahh haa' light bulb moment on every page - certainly in every chapter- and this book feels as if it's been written by a friend, not a stern and 'disappointed in you' parent or teacher. I wonder why it was narrated by a man when it was written by a woman but he does a good job. If you feel a bit stuck in old habits that aren't serving you or you want to find the motivation to do something you've always wanted to....this is a great book to get you going.
Yes. This stuff has been well researched and makes good common sense.
The Happiness Hypothesis
The material stays fresh.
I had low expectations going in and was really very impressed.
My personal will power instincts have improved considerably since reading this book. Once you learn how your mind handles will power failures, you can play around it to not fall into the trap of losing power. The best thing I got out of this book is how to delay instant gratification to enjoy better satisfaction. It is all about teaching your mind to think about your future self and your future self will thank you so much for that.
Great for people who want more rigor in their efforts to understand themselves and their willpower. The various counter-intuitive findings are the most important parts.
Yes. Good books on how to beat your procrastinating brain.
Emotional Intelligence, Stumbling on Happiness, Your Brain at Work
Many good points to consider and to share with family and friends. It is a topic we all wonder about and this book spells it out clearly and without a lot of judgmental language.