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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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    Bill F. 06-01-16
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    "Interesting listen"

    Willpower is not all just common sense. This was a very interesting listen. I found it very entertaining as well as educational and informative. We humans have so many quirks. This will teach you about yourself and people in general. And hopefully give you insight to that thing you've been trying to accomplish but keep putting off, and lots of other issues. There are lots of fun studies out there to help us learn about our behavior and maybe how to change it to get what we actually want.

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    Edward 06-01-16
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    "Certain things will click."

    Disappointed once again I did not find the book thats is going to solve all my problems.lol

    the biggest thing for me that I will benefit from this audio book. is the reason why I procrastinate. We lie to ourselves thinking our. future selves are better than our present selves That our future selves have more time more willpower and that My Future Self is better equipped to handle my present situation

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    martin 05-13-16
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    "definitely makes you realize how things work."

    definitely makes you realize what happens around you and helps you understand why you are drawn to do certain things.

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    Charles Oakland, CA USA 05-10-16
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    "Superb! Well written and researched."

    Heavy on evolution. But the research and data are biblical and persuasive. The author is comical. The book suggests a number of key actions. Well done!

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    "Take the Challenge"

    If you dare to take a glimpse of the inner you, read or listen to this book!

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    Angela 05-08-16
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    "Helpful, interesting and worth your time "

    A great listen of you are interested in how to make sustainable changes in your behavior. Practical suggestions rather than just abstract ideas and fun scientific research studies to motivate you.

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    Broderick Coats 04-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great insights!"

    A very straightforward approach to dealing with our unwanted behaviors. Helpful for anyone looking to make positive change.

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    Aytek 04-23-16
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    "Very valuable information"

    All I can say is everyone should listen this audiobook. You will not regret it.

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    Amazon Customer Lake Ariel, PA USA 04-18-16
    Amazon Customer Lake Ariel, PA USA 04-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "understand yourself finally"

    after listening to this audiobook I finally know why I struggle to exercise willpower. this book helps by giving tools and strategies 2 overcome temptation and follow your own goals and values. first class material. Worth every penny.

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    "Excellent information and insight"

    Excellent information and insight. I may want to buy the written copy to get more out of it.

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