Kelly McGonigal's writing style is so strongly feminine that I can hear her right over the narrator. I guess that is the definition of a great narrator, when you don't hear their voice but that of the author! Such a fantastic book that I have listened to it over and over again. The lessons are so helpful in building will power. I listened to it all the way through and then went back worked on the chapters and the lessons that really spoke to me. I found that the tools let me just flip a switch on my attitude towards situations that used to upset me so. Surfing the Urge is my favorite tool the Author shares in the book.
We are in control even when external situations make us believe we aren't.
Learning about how willpower works to build, control or destroy our minds & ability to be in self control.
Being aware while taking decisions.
YES 100%!But since there are so many hours in it is BETTER to do it in several sittings even.
Worth it to repeat a couple of times in the week, each time you'll pick up a new concept.
TOTALLY RECOMMENDED!! Great job done with this book!! ABSOLUTELY WORTH TO LISTEN TO.
Not if I can help it.
There was so much hype that this was a popular, widely acclaimed course offered through Stanford Continuing Ed. There is way too much fluff in this book, it takes too long to get to the point, the stories and analogies used are - too often - dumbed down.
Wrong person for this topic. He sounds way too effeminate for me. I would have preferred the author to narrate this, she probably brings a much stronger emphasis and perspective.
There were some suggested exercises - around breathing and meditation - that are useful, applicable.
I am halfway through this book. It's just gotten worse. It is tautologic, and I can't believe this is the basis for a weekly course that people thought was so wonderful. Perhaps the narrator's performance gets in the way of understanding the energy and emphasis of the author, but I am losing patience with it. I am sure this is helpful to some people, but not for me. Dull, slow paced, tautologic.
The book provided an insightful view into how will power works and provided helpful strategies in increasing will power. I don't regret listening to it, sometimes it got a bit technical for my tastes but what can you expect from something scientific?
I've never listened to a "self-help" book before, always shied away from them. So glad I took a chance on this book. I have no willpower - or I should say, I had no willpower. This book is written in an easy-to-understand manner and makes so much sense. I had a lot of "aha moments" as I was listening to it, realizing that's why I feel this way or do that.
The book is meant to be listened to a chapter at a time, do the experiments suggested, then come back and listen to the next chapter. I listened to it all, but will leave it on my MP3 player so I can go back and get a quick fix and/or boost to my willpower. I even purchased the Kindle version so I can find things quickly to refresh my memory. Walter Dixon was wonderful as the narrator, easy to listen to in a soothing voice.
I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, the author insisted upon inserting her personal beliefs, wholly unrelated to the subject matter, into the text.
I like the step by step fashion the book follows, where every chapter gives you a break and a chance to start applying these new techniques.
Very much so. It presents a new way to think about will power
YES! lots of examples
nothing, it was fine
Audio is great if you like to listen while doing other activities.
At first, I wasn't sure if I liked Mr. Dixon's performance (he sounds like Data on Star Trek), but either he grew as a narrator or I grew to appreciate his subtle but sure expressiveness. HIs tone and pacing are clear and engaging, and just right for the material.
Very enjoyable, with plenty of surprising facts and useful suggestions, told in an engaging style. I've recommended it to others.
This book is set up as a weekly course. You are supposed to complete one chapter a week. Each chapter has so much information in it, that each chapter would take me two weeks, because I would listen to it at least two times. I've spent the last 16 weeks studying this book, and I've changed as a person. When I started reading the book, I didn't know what I wanted to change; I just knew that I needed to change a lot. This book has given me the resources to do this! I am very thankful that I found this book! If you are looking to change one habit in your life, or understand how the human mind functions, then I highly recommend this book!
dr. kelly mc gonigal now teaches psychology at stanford
previous academic stops include new jersey and boston
i'm told, her lectures are popular and more than well attended
basically, this book is an outgrowth of those lectures and lessons
i assume her audience includes neurotic, bay area undergraduates
she patiently guides them through willpower exercises and experiments
the tone of the book is that of a charming, perky yoga instructor
it implies that 20 minutes of slow breathing will solve most problems
recent small studies with short followup are cited to support her claims
the material is presented in a soothing, optimistic and deliberate manner
issues include fast food, depression, exercise, tobacco, chocolate etc.
if those are the sort of things you struggle with, then you'll like this book
i had hoped the author might address more consequential willpower issues
i.e. narcotic addiction, pedophilia, suicide, autism, divorce, anger etc.
these topics may simply be beyond the scope of her collegiate audience
the 1995 film " the usual suspects " had a character - keyser soze
he was a powerful, mysterious and relentlessly willful criminal mastermind
it was said of him : "...he showed these men of will, what will was..."
but, mr. soze might have to look to other sources to learn about willpower
roy baumeister, scott jurek and daniel kahneman have written good books
each of these three authors approach the subject from very different angles
true willpower, like excellence, is a habit and comes at a great cost
people who tell you differently are selling an easy, "royal road" to happiness
dr. mc gonigal's book is a comfortable, first step along that important path