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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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    "The one book i will buy for all my friends"

    I rarely leave reviews, and i even more rearly rate only five stars.
    However this book is just that great.
    It's great because it is immediately practical, scientiffically based and super simple :)
    Recommended for everyone who wants to ferl better, do better and make more good things happend!

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    For the most superficial people the world over. Just nauseatingly silly. Worst download in years.

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    "Think like a scientist."

    A most excellent lecture! Complete with great little self experiments. It helped me through my depression.

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    "A lot of Statistics"

    I did like all of the data that she researched and discussed. But I think it was too much data/statistics and not enough discussion on how to make the changes necessary.
    Much of it was negative too, so how about examples of success stories?
    The mention of meditating was very helpful.

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    "More on scientific terms and survey"

    This book is more based upon scientific facts and terms with lots of examples provided which causes hinderance for willpower

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    This is serious practical stuff. I can't see things the way I used to. Paradigm shift. Wow

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    "definitely worth the purchase"

    I would recommend this book and I will definitely listen to this Audio book again. I would love to take the actually course.

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    Desmond 08-14-15
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    "Life changing book!!!"

    I am glad I came across this book. I was looking for something to help me with my mentality of managing money and I have gained that and more!

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    Matt 08-14-15
    Matt 08-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The dissection and science of why I can't."

    If you want to know the "why" behind you "can't" or "will" listen to this book.

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    Kelly 08-13-15
    Kelly 08-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good stuff!"

    Obvious why this is a top course at Stanford!
    I have listened twice and each time I see myself in many of the hi lighted examples.
    I am sure I will listen a third time😀
    Kelly
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