I love most audio books but other great books need to move over to let this one in. The reader sounds like the author! You wonder how there can be so much to be said about this subject but it is spot-on. There were many times where I would think: you saw me do that? And it would make me laugh in the way it was presented.
I would compare this book to "The Spontaneous Healing of Belief" and the book "The Secret." These books help you understand that you need to focus on what you want out of life and not to focus on what you don't want. They talk about human behavior and beliefs and how thoughts and emotions can manifest your life.
The pauses and inflections were in all the right places. It sounded like he wrote the book himself and that he had great knowledge on the subject.
There were some funny stories in there. I liked the story about thinking about white bears and how that story kept coming up in other areas of the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone. But if anyone is struggling with addiction of any kind, this is a must-read. It does bring understanding about human behavior to anyone.
It was a bit interesting but overall felt a little thin. Each section spent a lot of time on story and very little on lesson
Need to listen to really GET the concepts and action items ingrained. Not that it's hard to follow, because it's well-written and performed. But while it is very enjoyable to listen to, one has to apply effort over time to implement the concepts and see improvement. But the process is enjoyable!
Can't think of just one; there were a great many AHA! moments when I gained some insight into something I'd struggled with for a long time.
No, but his voice is a good one for audio books.
This book will change your life. It's motivational, but completely based on the science of how our brains work. Dr. McGonigal makes every point into something you could integrate into your daily life.
It took me a second to realize Kelly McGonigal is a women because it's read by a man (Walter Dixon). She writes in first person, so I visualized the reader as the author. Rookie mistake. Even after I made the discovery it didn't ruin the listen by any means.
This audio book has good content. However, it is a bit dry at times to listen to. If you are trying to make changes in your life, I recommend this book along with the books called "Change Anything" and "Influencer." There is some overlap in these 3 books, but combined, they provide you with all of the information you need to be successful in making positive changes in your life.
I have listened to this book 3x so far and I will probably listen again soon. Without telling myself to make drastic changes in my life I have lost 13 pounds in 2 1/2 months, cut beer consumption by 60%, and am well on my way to improved health via a routine exercise program. Let's face it, challenges can be, well, challenging! This book gets you to view challenges differently and whittles them down to digestible bites by the simple act of paying more attention and by redefining what your challenges and goals mean to you. No matter what you want to achieve or avoid in your life, this book can help you get started and stay on track.
It had quick fixes and details to help understand the underlying motivations
I did want to keep listening to it, but its too much for one sitting. I plan to listen to it again to get more out of it!
This book ranks in the top 3 books I've listened to.
The author writes in a very easy to understand language that is both credible and enjoyable to hear. I love the science behind it as well as the practicality.
Walter's voice is so clear and I enjoy his intonation and portrayal of the ideas.
Almost all case studies are fascinating.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to change any one or more of their habits.
Apparently this book is based - at least in part - on the author's college class instruction.
It shows - and I mean that in a positive way. The content is laid out cleanly, and has some very interesting "experiments" for the reader to conduct to apply and/or explore the specific chapter contents.
Overall, the effect leans fairly strongly toward a textbook/lecture sort of mix, which I found well-suited to the topic, but some might want a more fluid and "story-like" experience. In contrast, I found some of the stories a bit distracting because at some points I wanted to reference the studies or points the author was making to check if the source material actually upheld the point being made.
Another point to keep in mind is this book is a little better suited for listening to in parts, and not necessarily the entire thing at one time. This is because there are the end-of-chapter experiments, which are fairly simple and interesting, but if you listen to the book without stopping to do the experiments you are missing out on an important part!
(At least I felt that way - I plan to re-visit this text in sections and try out the experiments. On this, my first listening, I just listened to the whole thing)
If you are interested in exploring and better understanding willpower, including how to exercise and develop it, I would certainly recommend this text. Keep in mind the classwork/academic overtones and you will find this a worthwhile investment!
Yes, I would try another book from this author
Provided interesting insights to how our brain works and when we should not rely on our insticts.
The book is a bit tedious and repetative at times
no, the subject is perrty well cover, and few items are already repeated showing the author is out of additional material on the subject
The book provides meaniningful and interesting insights to how our brain works and why we fail to follow on our resolutions.
It provided powerful tools to enhance our self-control, concentrtion and willpower - however, it requirs significant effort and following a long-term plan in order to enjoy improvement in these capabilities,