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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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    Jamie morien 07-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Easy to follow, practical, helpful"

    Easy to follow book about willpower. Good book to keep re-reading and using as an exercise tool to improve your life.

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    angel 06-29-15
    angel 06-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Extremely helpful and engaging!"

    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.

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    buddy e. 06-27-15
    buddy e. 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great lessons on willpower with lots of practical applications"

    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.

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    Joey 06-25-15
    Joey 06-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The power of Willpower"

    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.

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    A.Spencer Sprecker 06-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    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

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    S. Shane Collins Denver, CO USA 06-22-15
    S. Shane Collins Denver, CO USA 06-22-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Brilliant. Insightful."

    Not since "Emotional Intelligence" have I felt truly awakened by new information in popular psychology.

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    Jason Rockwood 06-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Insightful!"

    I had just finished a book on similar topic, The Practicing Mind and found the relevance perfect. The approach was very different in both books but I found the research supported and complimented each book.
    In the end there was a common understanding of need for self awareness. Also, a distinct contrast of 'thought' within each of us fighting for our attention. Good and bad plays out in everyday life and is verified by study after study. Thank you for this great look at all we are and can become

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    "Excellent insight on how we make choices."

    I believe I will be able to start making better decisions and be mindful when I have options which path to take. Some useful tools referenced. I am listening for a second time and will be practicing many of the techniques.

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    Matt 06-18-15
    Matt 06-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Life changing book!!"

    Discusses human nature and dealing with life's distractions, such as why we have harmful thoughts (actions) and how we can make long lasting changes to our lives by obtaining a deeper understanding our brains.

    I read a book a week and this book was one of the best that I have ever read. Thank you for offering it.

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    David Northeast Kingdom, VT 06-16-15
    David Northeast Kingdom, VT 06-16-15

    True multitasking is "reading" a book while walking, running, kayaking, doing chores, gardening, driving or just drifting off to sleep.

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    "Audio is not my recommend format for this book."

    Let me start by saying that this is a life changing book and you will want to pick up a copy as soon as possible. Never has neuroscience been so fun and so applicable. You can read more about the book itself at amazon. There are many reviews that mention each of the lessons in the ten-week course and that attest to the power of this book.

    I want to talk about the different formats for this book.

    In my opinion, the best formats are - in order -
    1. Hardcover (you will go back to this book often and will want it to hold up!)
    2. Softcover
    3. Kindle (or other e-reader)
    4. and then finally audio.

    This is a change for me b/c I usually love to listen to so called "self-help" (what a strange title for this diverse category) books on audio. I prefer books by Tolle or Wayne Dyer, etc. in audio. I love to listen to the voice and feel the energy of "presence."

    This book is not read by the author and it is not the same sort of book as "The Power of Now" or "Peace is Every Step." This is a course for you to follow! You will want to take notes. You will want to be able easily turn back to a page and re-read something specific.

    Also the author is not the narrator. I sort of wish that she had chosen to be her own narrator. Instead it is just a typical "non-fiction narrator guy." He does a fine job but does not add the layer that an author can add to his/her own work.

    Take it from me, if you get the audio version you will just turn around and buy the print version so that you can more easily follow the lessons and take notes!





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