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
Months later, I am still making use of what I read in this book, to help me live a life a little bit closer to what I strive for.
This is a very interesting book. I have to admit that in the first chapter I was skeptical -- and in fact stopped and restarted the book later. I was not a fan of the "this is a class I teach" discussion -- it seemed belabored to me. Anyway, by the second and certainly the third chapter, I was hooked. There are a few things that make this book worth the listen: (a) it is well written and well structured. The scientific studies that are used as examples are interesting, relevant and he gives just enough information to get the point across without belaboring. The structure is consistent throughout each chapter which is nice. (b) The substance of the book is helpful because it encourages you to look at actions with a different perspective. It is really interesting to see how he encourages you just to think about things differently. I thought the points were well taken. (c) the narrator is good and it is an easy listen.
This is a book that I will definitely keep on the list to listen to again. In fact, next time I'm going to listen with pen and paper in hand to take notes!
Yes, offers many experiments to try. Different ideas, different ways of thinking. Its definitely a book to read more than once.
It definitely gave me a few "Ah ha" moments as to why I was doing the things I do.
Would definitely recommend if your looking for some insight into self awareness and will power!
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