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The Willpower Instinct Audiobook

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • Willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue. It is a biological function that can be improved through mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and sleep.
  • Willpower is not an unlimited resource. Too much self-control can actually be bad for your health.
  • Temptation and stress hijack the brain's systems of self-control, but the brain can be trained for greater willpower.
  • Guilt and shame over your setbacks lead to giving in again, but self-forgiveness and self-compassion boost self-control.
  • Giving up control is sometimes the only way to gain self-control.
  • Willpower failures are contagious - you can catch the desire to overspend or overeat from your friends­­ - but you can also catch self-control from the right role models.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Chris 02-09-15
    Chris 02-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazingly useful information"

    This is one of very few books I find myself constantly recommending to people. It provides so many useful strategies to improve self-control.

    What I really like is that all of these strategies were tested in the real world. Every strategy is explained in detail as to how to do it and why it works, and each is followed with a real world example.

    The hardest part is pacing yourself. Each technique can significantly improve your will power and this can make it exciting to try them all; however, trying to do them all at once can be overwhelming and might make it harder to stick with.

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    Benjamin Harack San Francisco, California 02-03-15
    Benjamin Harack San Francisco, California 02-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining, on point, and effective"

    This book manages to be fun at the same time that it is teaching you important lessons about life. I'll be sharing this one far and wide.

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    Masonic Prince 02-02-15
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    "Great work"

    Well read, organized & researched. Amazon stop requiring so many words to place a review of a book. You are encouraging people to give bad or rambling reviews!

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    Laura Southeast, Idaho 01-28-15
    Laura Southeast, Idaho 01-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting"

    I enjoyed this book and got a few tips and tricks to help me accomplish my dreams and stop procrastination.

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    Isaac Walker 01-27-15
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    "Best Book on Behavior Change"

    So practical in a scientific way. Seriously valuable information, more so than the Power of Habit.

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    selçuk 01-25-15
    selçuk 01-25-15
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    "better understand ourself."

    love it so I have ordered real book from amazon. I like all nevertheless especially dont listen to that part is my favorite

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    mikavelli17 01-22-15
    mikavelli17 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great examination willpower"

    Met and exceeded all expectations. Sometimes these books focus too much on the idea and not the science or proof behind the concept. This book provided countless relevant examples of willpower challenges and instructions on how to defeat your inner procrastinator.

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    K 01-20-15
    K 01-20-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Engaging"

    The reader was fun to listen to and the content was very interesting, with a fair amount of examples to help give something to connect to as well as reiterate points while I was focusing on tasks at hand.

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    Jacob 01-19-15
    Jacob 01-19-15
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    "Pretty Good..."

    I though this book was worth getting but I didn't 'love' it. I felt like the author spent way too much time pointing out statistics than actually explaining how to better willpower. Overall I liked it but there were times that I realized I was ignoring it and daydreaming due to the mono tone of the reader and the hundreds of statistics examples that got a little overwhelming. I normally love statistics so I'm not trying to bash the book but if I wasn't already a fan of statistics- I would not have liked the book. I gave it 4 stars because it was interesting and the concepts were completely new to me so I enjoyed it overall. I'd recommend this book to others who like data for self reasoning, but for the average reader- I would recommend it with caution.

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    Sam M. 01-19-15
    Sam M. 01-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth It"

    Helped me learn some new techniques to maximize and manage my willpower! I will probably read it again later in life!

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