Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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About the Author
Roy F. Baumeister is one of the world’s most prolific and influential psychologists. He received his PhD from Princeton in 1978 and currently is Francis Eppes Eminent Scholar and head of the social psychology program at Florida State University.
John Tierney writes the “Findings” science column for the New York Times. He is the author of The Best-Case Scenario Handbook and the coauthor, with Christopher Buckley, of the comic novel God Is My Broker.
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To improve WillPower - a strong, and very point formed summary in the last chapter is something I expected. In fact the book screams for a one sheet bulleted summary. Tierney and Baumeister discuss the importance of self control / Willpower with children. They discuss the importance of strengthening willpower amongst children, but then fall short on failing to provide express exercises which a parent could use to help strengthen their children's self-control. There are loose examples - but these really needed to be fleshed out in far more detail, being much more explicit.
It is a good initial read into the subject. WillPower treats the subject at a high overview level, but really missed on providing sufficient ground level tactical information. I was hopeful - but disappointed in this regard.
As befits what is really quite an academically inclined book, there is a lot of discussion of the various theories and studies which have taken place. These are validated with no less than 16 pages of references to the source material at the end of the book. The final chapter includes a summary of the main lessons learned which is a useful recap for the reader.
Anyone looking for a self help book is probably going to be disappointed. The presentation does not highlight key issues in an easily digestible list form, and there is little in the way of exercises or tests which you would normally find in a self help type manual. There are, however, plenty of examples to consider. Personally I found it the sort of book where I thought it was most useful to zero in on what I considered the most interesting parts rather than reading it cover to cover in the way one would with a novel.
So to summarise, I thought this was an interesting and thought provoking academic consideration of the issue of willpower. I do not find it surprising that at least one of the authors is an academic who has written a number of text books. Potential readers need to be aware that this is really a much drier presentation of the subject than perhaps is suggested by the title but none the less a worthy study.
I recommand it for people need help in thier lives.
willpower is the secret to success. it bring eveything to you
I love this phrase" willpower more gain less strain"
willpower is "Brain muscles" that you can strength it.
What I didn't find so helpful was the last chapter. I felt the author could have done a better job in how one could go about applying these principles.
All in all though, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who are looking to improve their life and productivity.
Most recent customer reviews
Not the easiest read. I had to get used to the writing style but once I did, I really appreciated the content! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this based on a recommendation from a blog, looking for an accessible book for practical evidence based strategies to develop willpower. Simply put, this book is just that.Published 18 months ago by Lee