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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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    "Phenomenal Book that can help everyone"

    This book contains excellent information and some very funny dry humor. The book explains a lot about human behavior that everyone would probably benefit from learning. I will probably repeat this book from beginning to end at least one more time.

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    Darrell 07-12-15
    Darrell 07-12-15 Member Since 2017
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    Good tactics on controlling ones own willpower. it's not about reading it's about putting the suggestions into action. that is truly the difficult part

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    Just_a_guy 07-12-15
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    "Don't put it off. But this book now"

    If you want to know why you behave the way you do. This book can help open your eyes and help you win your battle with your willpower

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    Great content and insights. Would have been even better without the inappropriate language.

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    "Well read and extremely helpful"

    This book shares some very helpful insights into what works and what doesn't work when attempting to perform self-control. I incorporated some of these practices into my like and they have helped me to come to peace with some powerful urges.

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    Helps understand how our brains really work, with evidence of scientific experiments.

    Amazed to learn how science, meditation and yoga are so interlinked . Re-inforced my belief in power of yoga and meditation !

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    "Easy to follow, practical, helpful"

    Easy to follow book about willpower. Good book to keep re-reading and using as an exercise tool to improve your life.

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    "Extremely helpful and engaging!"

    I really enjoyed the research studies that she highlights to give examples. I also like how she talks you through applying what you learned. And surprisingly her writing style is very humorous which kept me engaged. I truly feel empowered with some real strategies to help me change and exert willpower in my life.

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    buddy e. 06-27-15
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    "Great lessons on willpower with lots of practical applications"

    This book although harder to follow in an audio series does wonders for bringing to life the issues around will power. For me the ability to accept urges and our own faults as they were and know we have the power to not obey or give in to these thoughts was especially helpful.

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    "The power of Willpower"

    This book was like reading three of my favorite books in one. It was more in depth and scientific then the 48 laws of power. It was more insightful then power why people have it and some others don't. More interesting than Hooked. This was one of the most attended courses at Stanford. I'm going to read this book again and again until it's a part of my psyche.

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