Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters. For example, listeners will learn:
In the groundbreaking tradition of Getting Things Done, The Willpower Instinct combines life-changing prescriptive advice and complementary exercises to help listeners with goals ranging from losing weight to more patient parenting, less procrastination, better health, and greater productivity at work.
©2011 Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
"This book has tremendous value for anyone interested in learning how to achieve their goals more effectively. McGonigal clearly breaks down a large body of relevant scientific research and its applications, and shows that awareness of the limits of willpower is crucial to our ability to exercise true self control." (Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., co-author of You Are Not Your Brain and author of best-selling Brain Lock)
If you want to know why you behave the way you do. This book can help open your eyes and help you win your battle with your willpower
I like to experience it all so I can use that experience to come up with interesting ideas, teach more effectively, and create a great world
This book shares some very helpful insights into what works and what doesn't work when attempting to perform self-control. I incorporated some of these practices into my like and they have helped me to come to peace with some powerful urges.
Helps understand how our brains really work, with evidence of scientific experiments.
Amazed to learn how science, meditation and yoga are so interlinked . Re-inforced my belief in power of yoga and meditation !
I really enjoyed the research studies that she highlights to give examples. I also like how she talks you through applying what you learned. And surprisingly her writing style is very humorous which kept me engaged. I truly feel empowered with some real strategies to help me change and exert willpower in my life.
This book although harder to follow in an audio series does wonders for bringing to life the issues around will power. For me the ability to accept urges and our own faults as they were and know we have the power to not obey or give in to these thoughts was especially helpful.
This book was like reading three of my favorite books in one. It was more in depth and scientific then the 48 laws of power. It was more insightful then power why people have it and some others don't. More interesting than Hooked. This was one of the most attended courses at Stanford. I'm going to read this book again and again until it's a part of my psyche.
I I don't want to review this recording I am only doing this to keep this page from popping up everytime I open up the application. It seems like audible is coming up with more and more annoying ways to get you to navigate there site . Like replacing it with before you go
"It kind of works"
One of my greatest frustrations with myself is the fact that I am so knuckle draggingly unproductive. I've read many self help books to combat this. I always get a short term boast that fades quickly. The same is true of the will power instinct but I have found, in the year since I first read it, that there have been some longs term benefits. Nothing miraculous but procrastination is reduced. Repeat listens required but I would recommend this to fellow carriers of the laziness gene.
"Decent book but not the best"
This is a decent book. It gives some good practical advice, almost in the form of large 'tips', such as meditation is good for willpower, so is being well slept, and engaging in regular exercise. However, this is also the books downfall.
The book focuses on providing areas/things that will help with a persons willpower. But, the focus on willpower is misguided. Simply having more willpower will not solve your problems or help you achieve your goals.
To achieve your goals you need to make progress, to make progress you need change. So you need to focus on the change process (what to change, and how to make the change stick).
Simply having more willpower is a band aid solution.
Yes, this is the last self help book I'm listening to written by an American scientist. They are painful to listen to.
Geeky and nasally voice.
No idea. I ejected it from my CD player after 1-2 chapters when the author started going on inhaling and exhaling to build motivation.
Avoid this like the plague. Deadly dull nerdy twaddle read by a guy who sounds like Mr Burns in the Simpsons.
"Wish this was narrated by the Author!"
Kelly McGonigal is a great speaker! (Hear her Ted Talk) It's a shame this is not narrated by her. A fantastically talented woman and great writer. I hope she narrates future books. Looking fwd to reading more of her work..
Great content but not the easiest of listens, good consolidation of research and nothing wrong with the narration, but requires focus, some audio books hold my attention, and I do not find said attention wondering. Not so here. But none the less it is worth the effort. The next step is the application of the material assuming that is your intention....... and good luck with establishing the will power to implement the suggestions required to increase your will power..
"Amazing content, it is helping me a lot."
Clear, compelling science based strategies to achieve your willpower challenges.
The chapter about dopamine and the promise of reward was especially enlightening for me.
"engaging and helpful - exercises were great!"
structure was helpful with regular exercises to test out the material...ties in the research and interesting anecdotes very well. will listen to it again!
"Must read for everyone"
A great and inspiring book. I would recommend it to anyone of any age. Made me see the world very differently than before. A must read!
It realated to all parts of everyday life
The author really knows his stuff!
Have listened twice
It teaches you so many techniques you can practice! It's great. I'll keep listening to it until i get the hang of willpower instinct.
"it's already cured my online shopping addiction"
will listen to it a few more times to work on other self improvements i wish to make.
the narration is fine but it does put me to sleep sometimes maybe a bit too soothing.
this book will surely change your life if you actively implement it.
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