Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

by Roy F. Baumeister, John Tierney
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Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister, John Tierney

One of the world's most esteemed and influential psychologists, Roy F. Baumeister, teams with New York Times science writer John Tierney to reveal the secrets of self-control and how to master it.

Pioneering research psychologist Roy F. Baumeister collaborates with New York Times science writer John Tierney to revolutionize our understanding of the most coveted human virtue: self-control. Drawing on cutting-edge research and the wisdom of real-life experts, Willpower shares lessons on how to focus our strength, resist temptation, and redirect our lives. It shows readers how to be realistic when setting goals, monitor their progress, and how to keep faith when they falter. By blending practical wisdom with the best of recent research science, Willpower makes it clear that whatever we seek—from happiness to good health to financial security—we won’t reach our goals without first learning to harness self-control.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101543771
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 128,132
File size: 510 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Roy F. Baumeister directs the social psychology program at Florida State University. He has written for more than 450 scientific publications and consistently ranks among the world's most frequently cited psychologists. This is his twenty-eighth book.
John Tierney writes the "Findings" science column for the New York Times. His writing has won awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Physics. This is his third book.

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Willpower 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
jakm42 More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure if I discovered the greatest human strength, but I found this to be a fascinating read, presented in a way the average person can read and enjoy. I found it fascinating enough that the book will be read again. I'd have given it 5 stars except that sometimes he'd explain the results to an experiment and I would still wonder why he told me this information at the end of the chapter. I frequently felt like there was tidbit I was supposed to glean from the story rather than just telling me outright. There is a nice recap of the important things learned that can be applied to one's everyday life at the end the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most books in this category present ideas absent empirical evidence. The author constructs his case for how to improve will power with a well grounded position steeped in research.
aragornTX More than 1 year ago
As the author is a columnist, the book reads like a serialized Time Magazine article. I thought it contained a lot of good information, but thought it kind of flitted from one anectdote to another, so I would say broad, but not as deep as it could have been. Well worth the read, though, if the subject interests you.
bookleverage More than 1 year ago
I found this book to have interesting stories that not only supported the author's premise that willpower can be strengthened like any muscle through specific "exercises," but also a virtual treasure trove of experiments and studies that psychologists have performed to help us better understand willpower and how to make it stronger day by day.
molliechristine More than 1 year ago
Great book, with each chapter covering a different application of willpower. I'd read again, and have already recommended it to a few friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating, illuminating, and enjoyable.
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A masterpiece of a nonfiction book.