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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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    There is some great advice in this book and it's well narrated too! I'd like to go back and listen again because there seems to be some contradiction in methods. Resist temptations but don't resists so much that you can't stop thinking about it and binge. Maybe I need to listen again. Overall a very good listen!

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    Some extremely helpful tips I'll always remember were found in this AMAZING book! It's been a profound supplement to the My Fitness Pal app for weight loss and I've dropped 11 pounds in just a couple months!

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    The narrator was very good. The information was insightful in human nature, and it was helpful. It deserves multiple listenings.

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    This was a research based lecture with great explanations regarding real world applicability. Two thumbs up. I highly recommend it.

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    the narrator was too monotone for my liking, but good book. at times I felt it hard to keep myself from sleeping

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    It is one of the book which kept me glued to the audio. There are lots of practical information in the book which if applied in real life can act as game changer. The narration of the experiments are very interesting and gives us proof of the point made by the author.
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    This concept touched me in a way that I can use to help me reach my goals. it drags on a bit because you get the idea in chapter 1. its worth listening to it all because he offers exercises.

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    I definitely got what I wanted out of it.
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    "Truly enjoyable! "

    For most of my life, I tried to control what I ate, how I respond to thoughts and.negative actions. This book allowed me to become more self-aware, rather than srlf-critical. I will highly recommend this to all my friends and family. Thank you!

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    "Quick read but great advice"

    Lots of tricks to keep you on your path of will power. Also provides interesting statistics about some human studies that will surprise any reader.

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