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)
The book is well organized and presented in a way that is helpful towards thinking about will power differently. It offers several suggestions in each chapter allowing for people of a wide verity of backgrounds to find something they can use from each chapter.
Only book form Kelly McGonigal I have read or listened
This is not a character book so not really applicable
It would be a documentary kid of flim by the nature of the book. Tag line "got will power?" below it "Want more?" and below that "Get it!"
If your interested in how the mind works when you attempt to exercise will power in your life this book is for you. It does a great job with presenting concepts from a wide array of studies and experience that a person can easily add into their own life.
This book provided very useful information regarding the scientific studies of willpower and presented many beneficial techniques to improve willpower. It definitely deserves at least two listenings to get all the information and to find which techniques work best for an individual. The presentation was good although I'd like to have heard the original author as she presents well as evidenced by her Ted Talk presentations. Definitely recommended and will read/listen again.
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.
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.
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!
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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