This is a solid book and fits into my "worthwhile listens" section
Um....the author? It's non-fiction, so no real characters.
Convenience of listening while I commute
Good willpower hunting
This is another good "brain" book that provides insight into why we do the things we do. It's nice to think of having understanding that can help you improve
I am not sure if the audio version is better, but for either version a reader/listener needs to be ready to put a lot of bookmarks!
It is hard to pinpoint a specific moment in the book because each chapter has aha! moments throughout. It really felt like the book was tailored to me, and I am pretty sure many people will feel the same way because it is a book about human behavior and what stops us from what we want to do.
I have two favorite pieces of information. The first one is to learn to forgive ourselves from falling off the wagon; it could be cheating on a diet, falling behind on a goal, or simply ignoring the alarm clock knowing that we have to go to work. The second is the "What the hell effect." I will let readers discover this second one, and when you hear it, your jaw will drop from its truth and from the fact that you have likely experienced the effect.
Human behavior at its core.
If you have a goal or you want to increase your productivity, lose those five pounds, finish that project or simply want a way to improve your life, this is the book for you. It doesn't feel like a self-help book, but it is one! the information is fascinating, and you will feel smarter after its first chapter.
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who is having a problem with or wants to stregnthen their self-control / will power. Some of the simple techniques of stregthening will power have already started making a huge impact in my everyday work life and to do list.
I already am on my second listening to this book. The first pass was to get an overview. This time I want to become really familiar with the different techniques and maybe even try some. I think I will do a third pass to go in depth.
This book is full of real eye opening insights that reveal why we all keep failing at some of our biggest and most important goals. It allows us to stop beating ourselves up and gives us real tools that we can use to finally reach those goals. It reveals the real enemies of will power and that they are a universal. All people have to fight the same demons.
I am finally hopeful that I have at my disposal the tools I need.
At first I didn't like his voice. He seemed a bit slow but as I kept listening I came to like the sound of it more.
I have bought the book and listened to the audible book. I am an endocrinologist and found many of the ideas and facts from this book relevant to those who have diabetes and obesity. I use some of her ideas in my speech on obesity and diabetes. Unfortunately the ideas are quickly forgotten. Losing weight by force of will generally works just a short time. However the book is relevant and helpful. The main thing that I realized from the book is how to help those who are over-stressed.
There were areas of introspection for myself that are humorous. Yes when I am doing well with my willpower that is when I fall down. Moral licencing.
There is a lot to encode thus a few sessions are better.
It was worth it.
The combination of amazing content with great narrator. I'm not native english speaker, yet I haven't had any difficulties understanding the narrator.
No, this is not a purpose of the book. I've listened to one chapter and then tried to do the "homework" :)
Definitely worth reading!
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.