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)
From Dixon, yes. From McGonigal, no.
The sound of tree frogs.
He's articulate, and conveys warmth and humour.
I think it's indisputable that the ultimate measure of the worth of a self-help book is... whether it helps. This book did not help *me*. If I'd hoped to acquire a great deal of rudimentary knowledge of psychology, neurophysiology, cognitive science, and the mechanics of meditation that I didn't already have -- then this book would have been an epic fail, because I'd already known all of that, and knowing it had never in any imaginable way helped me before. If I'd been woefully and spectacularly ignorant of all those things to begin with, then I'd have perhaps emerged content that I'd learned a few stray facts through the medium of incessantly condescending pedagogical story-telling about sabertooth tigers and my fight-or-flight syndrome, but I remain convinced that I'd still have remained epiphany-deprived. The author begins with a self-congratulatory account of how this inspired a multitude of continuing education students at Stanford to solve every conceivable problem in their lives, how it had been just the most popular course ever ever, and how every technique had been thoroughly beta-tested and debugged by legions of human guinea pigs so that the reader could embark on the venture with utter certitude of being imbued with all those numinous and wonderful "I-will," "I-won't" and "I-want" powers they'd hitherto somehow utterly failed to acquire -- and certainly, conditioning someone to expect a benefit may help her to derive one, so let's give Dr. McGonical a pass on the rhapsodic self-promotion -- but the content just didn't deliver. Well... it didn't for me. Your mileage, of course, may be measured in kilometers or parsecs, so who knows? The mere effort of forcing yourself to read (or listen to) this may so inspire you never again to wish to be subjected to so disappointing an undertaking, that you'll suddenly develop immense self-control.(To be fair, McGonigal writes well, humorously and whimsically. It's just that the book was useless -- again, to *me*, and I really could have used the help it promised but utterly failed to deliver.)
This book will be great for those who like base, foul language! How useful for those seeking motivation. This audio book needs a bleeper!
Pronounced the foul words with gusto!
the first 5 minutes were spent telling us what the book was about. That works in a classroom, not in a book. I listened to part of chapter one and found nothing new.
wish I could get my $15.00 point back..
Not focused. Nothing like Neil Fiore's work or Sonja Lyubormirsky's work.
It was OK
This is the last time I buy a book based on all the favorable customer reviews. I was hoping for some new insights on how to harness self-control, but all I got was a bunch of gobbledy gook mixed in with common sense and stuff I've already read in magazines. It's like he took a bunch of press releases about self-control studies and put them all together with useless anecdotal stories and boring drivel. I'm so sorry I wasted a credit on this.
Couldn't get past chapter 3 because I kept falling to sleep listening to the narrator. Looks like I'll actually be reading this one.
too soft and mono-toned. I kept falling asleep
It's a self help book so doubtful.
I would listen again, it is inspiring; reminds me to change and control my brains impulses.
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