The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It Hardcover – Dec 29 2011
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About the Author
Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is an award-winning psychology instructor at Stanford University, and a lecturer and program developer at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She is also the author of Psychology Today’s Science of Willpower blog and lives in Palo Alto, California.
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Each of the nine main chapters are clear and to the point. each discusses one aspect of the willpower issue, from how our brains work to how we think about things, and how the two work together, often to work against our willpower. Then in each chapter, McGonigal presents exercises we can use to overcome the blocks to our willpower.
The book is both theoretical in that it draws on a large range of research, from neurology to sociology to psychology, and very practical, showing how the research can be used in everyday situations.
Among my favorite chapters are: The Willpower Instinct: Your body was born to resist cheesecake, and License to sin: Why being good give us permission to be bad.
I read this book after reading Daniel Kahneman's book, Thinking, fast and Slow. Willpower was a nice follow up in that, while it did not reference Kahneman, it nevertheless showed some practical applications of what Kahneman was saying.
Unlike other books on WillPower, McGonical's focus is on sharing important tidbits that help the reader understand what is important to affecting your own self-control. Then she uses this information with a brief teaching on how to strengthen your own WillPower or abilities.
The writing style is done with good humour throughout (it should reduce your stress to strengthen your WillPower - after all).
Great resource, and exceptional review on an important topic. Best of all - McGonical provides a very down-to-earth, realistic set of small and do-able recommendation for improving your own self-control & WillPower. If you buy no other book this year - buy this one - it is an INVESTMENT that is worth every penny!
The other surprising tip was that shame and guilt applied to one's self are much less effective that kind gentle forgiveness of oneself. Feeling guilty for failing the diet makes you fail again and again. This really is true.
Lastly, this book reinforced that action that became a habit doesn't waste your willpower. So you can apply it to more important things than cleaning the house and drinking 8 glasses of water, once these two things become automatic.
I highly recommend this book, especially together with "The power of habit"
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Brilliantly written to breakdown the complexities that accompany the set of cognitive faculties that govern the mind in its day to day decision making processPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you're the type of OCD person who does things better when you understand them... this book just might change your life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jaymz
Fantastic book, love the science behind everything and how logically laid out everything is!Published 7 months ago by Amanda