For years, our concept of the self and well-being has been dominated by the notion of self-esteem, while the old fashioned value of willpower has been disparaged by psychologists who argued that we’re largely driven by unconscious forces beyond our control. In Willpower Baumeister and Tierney turn this misinformation on its head to reveal self-control as arguably the single most powerful indicator of success.
Baumeister discovered that willpower actually has a physical basis to it: it is like a muscle that can be strengthened with practice, and fatigued from overuse. That’s why eating and sleeping - and especially failing to do either of those - have such dramatic effects on self-control.
Yet, while self-control is biologically rooted, we have the capacity to manipulate our nature. Willpower features personal stories from entrepreneurs, executives, parents and children who have managed to do just that. The characters range from Victorian explorers to modern homemakers, from college students pulling all nighters to entertainers. The practical lessons in self-control conditioning they provide are nothing short of life changing.
Combining the best of modern social science with the practical wisdom of David Allen, Ben Franklin, and others, Baumeister and Tierney here share the definitive compendium of modern lessons in willpower.
©2011 Roy Bauemeister and John Tierney. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
Behind many of the books I've read in similar genre. The chapters are thorough, often to a fault. There are many fascinating research points, but they come at you in such a rapid pace that it is hard to digest them all. Instead, they simply come across as repetitive and tiresome.
Practical advice and studies on how to increase willpower/discipline
Easy to understand and clear.
I almost did- it took two sittings but it was very interesting information so I just kept going
Very well written book, with great historical people and information used. There was lots of simplified scientific talk, so that the average Joe could understand ...but not so dumbed down that it was boring. There were many interesting characters used, from missionaries to David Blaine, and enough humor to keep me entertained. I have listened to this book twice and it has opened my eyes to understand why we do some of the silly things we do...especially if we are hungry ...or as we say in my house "hangry". Definitely recommend this book, it will help anyone understand Willpower and how to strengthen it.
the fact that the authors take time to explain the fundamentals of psychology and physiology of willpower.
I like scientific books. I particularly enjoy books that provide research based insights into problems. I am not a fan of conclusions drawn from a single person's experiences (there are many books out there like that). So, I really enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a bulleted list kind of thing to strengthen your willpower, you will have to wait until the end. But, then you should understand that the book is really about understanding why we as human beings use our willpowers as we use them. I used the scientific facts and insights in this book to craft a strategy for changing many bad habits that I had and I succeeded.
I heard an interview with the authors on this book, and decided to seek it out. It is the kind of nonfiction book that was entertaining and educational, and I think could make a big difference in a lot of peoples’ lives. It is by no means a self-help book, but I think it could switch on a few light bulbs and help explain why many of us have problems with will power.
Most of the information given I had heard and used before. However, I benefited from listening. I listened to the audio book each morning as I got ready for my day. It motivated me and prepared me. It is important to me to understand that will power can be depleted and that there is much I can do to stay strong enough to make good choices.
Insight. You need to listen to this book. Even if you are Baumeister, you need to listen to it.
I'm still processing it, sorry. It is too full of insight to pick a best.
The one where Roy got off the horse and walked toward the cabin, clutching his pistol......really, what scene was your fav?
Yeah, if I had a spare day....
I like puppies.
Wow, elocution is not this guys strong point. Nothin' like them sloppy vowels. I often had to think hard about what I thought he was trying to say. You'd think someone paid to talk would be expected to do actually be able to do it.
However, the content was great, if you can ignore the horrible narrator.
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