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 narration was not my cup of tea. I should have listened to the sample first. The book does not properly flow for an audio book. However I do believe with the proper narration and speaking rhythm the one would better appreciate/grasp the contents.
I very much appreciate research and scientific findings, however excessive amount of scientific stories/findings overtake the main topics. I wish the book was designed to first introduce the topic of the chapter, outline why the topic is relevant to willpower, and lastly add scientific findings and how people overcame/used this information. This book does the opposite and does not draw the listener into the message.
I feel this voice was not appropriate for this book. The voice was an immediate turnoff for me.
Kelly McGonigal! It's a huge opportunity lost to have this fantastic book narrated by Dixon's monotonous drone. This book was written by a brilliant woman, and it would add a lot to have her reading it.
This information offered in the book is excellent. Very thought provoking and useful.
The Power of Habit-The Power of habit gives lots of information on habits, this book gives you the skills to act on the information.
The narrator was slow and annoying. I found myself regularly tuning out and having to go back. If given a do over I would much rather read the book than listen to it. Also, interestingly- the author of the book has a better voice. Not sure why SHE didn't narrate it herself.
No- too much to take in all at once. Best to digest the information and try bit by bit to enact in your own life.
Several practical ideas. Anecdotes were average. I'd like it better with a different narrator. Walter Dixon sounds boring, stuffy and unenthused. You may want to hold off until using your credit until you have a specific willpower challenge in mind.
Just about the time you think that there is nothing in self-help books, a number appear applying current neuroscience research to personal development. Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, is a thought provoking and helpful addition to this emerging genre. In The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It, she defines willpower and reveals what we are coming to understand about how it works. More importantly, she tells readers how current research can be used to advantage. For example, will power is limited and works best under certain conditions. Feeling bad causes use to give in to circumstances. Inner acceptance improves outer control. Each chapter is complete in itself which is helpful. This is a very informative helpful little book worth the time and effort to complete it. Have a pencil at hand to take notes as you turn the pages. The reading of Walter Dixon is a plus.
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This book was recommended to me by a friend after I told him how I’m very good at not buying junk food when grocery shopping, but when I throw a party I go nuts and pig out … especially on chips!! In fact, I use the excuse of the party to buy a separate bag just for me!!
Ok, I can see how that would appear to be a lack of willpower… but I maintain that it’s not! I think it’s a less than monthly reward for showing all that willpower at the grocery store on a weekly basis.
I decided to get the book anyway because I really believe that even if you are not looking for self-improvement, a nugget of good advice can come from anywhere and make a positive difference in your life. As predicted, the book was essentially all about identifying your triggers and understanding your motives; but not solely… I especially enjoyed learning about how I am being socially engineered into making choices that I think I am making of my own free will.
I found some of the tricks and hints practical, but I still maintain that abstaining from a bag of delicious Wavy Lay’s except for when I am throwing a party fits in perfectly with the demonstrated strategies.
It’s a good book to have as a resource if I ever really do feel like I am struggling with willpower. If my chips turn into a weekly irresistible indulgence, this book will most definitely come in handy!
I teach behavior change so I read books like this. This one was painfully slow even using the faster feature on the iPod. It was also generally useless.
The amazing info revealed is that it's good to relax, and sleep, and be healthy, and maybe meditate, etc. There are better books available to explore those obvious topics.
It eventually got into some interesting psych studies with counterintuitive findings but these were not Earth-shattering or terribly practical, and they contradicted each other: willpower is like a muscle, so if you're trying to lose weight, you should put a bowl of candies on your desk at work to challenge yourself----but wait--- willpower is like a gas tank you don't want to deplete, so if you want to lose weight, you should keep candies hidden so they are harder to get at.
I guess the author didn't have the willpower to read her own book.
The distinction between pleasure itself and the
Easy to follow, with weekly assignments.
Encouraging, paternal, sounds like a good patient teacher
It helped me with my weight loss but I'm getting ready for the REAL challenge: stopping cigarettes!
I want to go back to it for a re-listen,
I enjoyed every bit of this book. It gave me a great insight in to will power both physiologically and psychologically. I found myself regularly staying... "I do that". It also came with helpful tips on how to develop your will power. I'll be dipping in to this book regularly to develop my own willpower. I definitely recommend this book.
"It kind of works"
One of my greatest frustrations with myself is the fact that I am so knuckle draggingly unproductive. I've read many self help books to combat this. I always get a short term boast that fades quickly. The same is true of the will power instinct but I have found, in the year since I first read it, that there have been some longs term benefits. Nothing miraculous but procrastination is reduced. Repeat listens required but I would recommend this to fellow carriers of the laziness gene.
"Decent book but not the best"
This is a decent book. It gives some good practical advice, almost in the form of large 'tips', such as meditation is good for willpower, so is being well slept, and engaging in regular exercise. However, this is also the books downfall.
The book focuses on providing areas/things that will help with a persons willpower. But, the focus on willpower is misguided. Simply having more willpower will not solve your problems or help you achieve your goals.
To achieve your goals you need to make progress, to make progress you need change. So you need to focus on the change process (what to change, and how to make the change stick).
Simply having more willpower is a band aid solution.
Great content but not the easiest of listens, good consolidation of research and nothing wrong with the narration, but requires focus, some audio books hold my attention, and I do not find said attention wondering. Not so here. But none the less it is worth the effort. The next step is the application of the material assuming that is your intention....... and good luck with establishing the will power to implement the suggestions required to increase your will power..
Yes, this is the last self help book I'm listening to written by an American scientist. They are painful to listen to.
Geeky and nasally voice.
No idea. I ejected it from my CD player after 1-2 chapters when the author started going on inhaling and exhaling to build motivation.
Avoid this like the plague. Deadly dull nerdy twaddle read by a guy who sounds like Mr Burns in the Simpsons.
"Wish this was narrated by the Author!"
Kelly McGonigal is a great speaker! (Hear her Ted Talk) It's a shame this is not narrated by her. A fantastically talented woman and great writer. I hope she narrates future books. Looking fwd to reading more of her work..
"it's already cured my online shopping addiction"
will listen to it a few more times to work on other self improvements i wish to make.
the narration is fine but it does put me to sleep sometimes maybe a bit too soothing.
this book will surely change your life if you actively implement it.
"Very insightful and full of practical tips"
The book explains in a very scientific way where our will power challenged come from and why we succumb to our impulses and cravings.
It also has a number of very practical strategies to strengthen the will power.
These strategies are sometimes counter intuitive and may not always fit with the conventional wisdom, but the are very effective.
I strongly recommend this book.
"life changing when these principles are applied! ."
it's so good and intense that I bought both audio and kindle version to make it a serious study.
I have bought this audio book some time ago but began listening only two weeks ago. Since then I listened it 5 times! Some of the subject is not knew. Many of us either read or heard it, but the best part of this book is the mini assignments where you can test yourself! Also the book not only teaches but gives you the scientific research behind the taught subject. Finally the narrator is definitely contributing! His cool and soft narration makes this brilliantly written book to be a must listened book!
a new take on willpower . willpower explained in a psychological way . A must read for people who want more willpower
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