The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

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The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal, Walter Dixon

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469000435
Publisher: Gildan Audio
Publication date: 12/18/2012
Pages: 8
Sales rank: 800,541
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, and a leading expert on the mind-body relationship. She teaches for the School of Medicine's Health Improvement Program and is a senior teacher/consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She has received a number of teaching awards for her undergraduate psychology courses, including Stanford University's highest teaching honor, the Walter J. Gores award.

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The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
MomtoLab More than 1 year ago
I've just finished reading this and plan to start and read it again because it is chock-full of great info and helpful suggestions. These are "real" suggestions that are doable and backed up by research, not the typical self-help psychobabble.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I now have the willpower to now write a review. This book helped me understand why I was failing to reach my goals. So far have lost 6 pounds in 8 days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Change is definitely all in the way you choose to perceive it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very easy to read, with a very good common sense approach.
fjludwig More than 1 year ago
This was much, much better than the typical self-help books I've read in the past.  I heard the author on a local morning radio show and decided to give the book a read--it is a good thing I did.   This book will help you change the way you think about things--especially challenging things you really do not want to do (stop eating sweets for me).  I cannot recommend this one enough if you are trying to stop smoking, lose weight, etc.   It is very good and practical.
Svalladrs More than 1 year ago
McGonigal nailed!,excellent research, so professional done that makes an easy read for layman`s as well for PH.Ds. To have a much better professional and family life by avoiding following the promise of reward as a guarantee of happiness, and also to stop trying to suppress our negative thoughts, emotions, and cravings. How can we do all that?. Well, Who knew that all we lack in our daily life was/is; a good-night sleep(to be our better selves); a balance diet(free of junk-food and sugar)to provided our brain with the GOOD glucose its needs daily to operate; to exercise (to load us with energy and oxygen); & meditation to quiet our minds and recharge us with a fresh flow of blood to our brain and...bingo...This was the uha moment for me. So simple, so life-changing but yet so hard to achieved, to resist temptation, to stop once and for all self-criticism, to better deal with stress. Our pre-frontal cortex can helps us get there, but it cannot do it alone. To better control our impulses that get us into trouble, we need WILLPOWER! I recommend to complement this book: -Smart Thinking. By Art markman -The power of habit. By Charles Duhigg -Quiet. By Susan Cain
Ohaeri More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. Convincing, encouraging, easy to understand; entertaining and practical. I recommend this book to anyone who feels like they can't get things done. It will help.
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A practice, applicable , solidly-researched self help book. NOT a antidotal 'feel good' self help book, but a outlined guide to change in a persons life. This is how I wish other self-help books were written. Kudos McGonigal!
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