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)
Mom of Twins
Informative, illuminating, useful
Learning how willpower can be strengthened and why it fails me around chocolate.
Yes--my 3 stars were because Kelly Mcgonigal is female. It bugged me that a man read it, not a woman.
Why your willpower fails you and how to fix it.
I'm not a big one for self help type books anymore, so started this with some apprehension, but I couldn't find anything else, and I needed to download it quick to start a car journey. I was surprised and pleased! The book takes a much more scientific approach with frequent reference back to results of studies. I enjoyed the format which repeated each chapter, and found out something new (and somewhat surprising) in nearly every chapter.
This triggered several conversaions with other people afterwards, and healthy discussion - that's always a good sign. It makes you think.
Well worth the read.
I'm a 36 yr. old master of no paticular trade, but currently working in the oil patch. I'm not very critical and love to consume audiobooks
This book has the power to radically change lives. At worst it will help you to understand the do nothing instinct that rules our lives. It is by far and away the most transformative book I've read. Please don't pass it by.
This had been as interesting as the power of habit, slightly more interesting because of thr personal challenges along the way
Learning how science can prove how you can improve your will power, actually changing your brain was amazing.
I'll be listening to it regularly to get a top up of the logic about why will power is hard and how to outthink your internal saboteur. So easy to digest as an audiobook and so sensible. Has changed my week since I started listening.
He has a lovely voice and makes the book seem conversational.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite my short time.
Great book. It grabbed my attention from the start till the end. Easy listening, with great information about will power. I listen to it in 2 days and will listen again.
Buy this book. I recommend.
I have not read the print version, but i can see how the audio version would get you through the beginning which is slow, but necessary.
description in layman's terms of how drive affects our decisions, Thus providing an insight as to what you may "want" is driven artificially by advertising and marketing.giving a conscious changing knowledge that can assist you in everyday life.
I think it enhances the examples and assists in interpreting the the story by providing emphasis through energy delivery.
A must read for us that are driven by our instincts, having an understanding of those instincts can help to develop new ones than can help you meet your goals. Providing the tools to recognize what is manipulating you.
Blends cutting-edge research with timely, humanistic, and frequently humorous narrating to make one of the top "must reads" of the past two decades. A truly important book.
Say something about yourself!
Overall enjoyed this book, and some of the willpower tips in it. I took notes on ideas that resonated with me and have applied a few, and already I feel they are making a difference. If you genuinely want to increase your willpower the tools provided here are simple and seem to be effective. I am very happy to have them in my 'arsenal' and I dont hesitate to recommend a buy on this one.
I already am listening to it again! The information in the Willpower Instinct is helping me understand my habits and how to do some creative work arounds for the ones I'd like to get rid of. It's also well written and entertaining.
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.
"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.
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..
Fantastically helpful book-easy to listen to and has homework activities that you can apply between chapters to see if her evidence based suggestions work.
"So much more than the title"
Illuminating and Informative
This is a very thorough book and touches on many relevant subjects, all to do with our brains and how they work.
Walter Dixon's performance was just right - soft and understated, allowing the words to speak for themselves
Victims of our own mentality . . . .
"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.
I really enjoyed the Willpower Instinct. It is definitely one of those books or audiobooks in this case that you want to listen to again and again. Her writing style is easy and enjoyable to follow and keeps you wanting more and the research she has performed is really incredible. A must read!
This is a great read. After reading just the title and synopsis on the cover it gave me the belief and will that I need not listen to the book at all.
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