The Willpower Instinct

The Willpower Instinct

How Self-control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

Book - 2012
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McGonigal provides a step-by-step program for identifying goals, strengthening self-control, and making lifelong changes, whether it's weight loss, financial health, stress reduction, conquering procrastination, being a better parent, or finding your focus.
Publisher: New York : Avery, c2012
ISBN: 9781583334386
Branch Call Number: 153.8 M1772W 2012
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 14, 2017

Excellent and awesomely written! Im all praises and just cant rave enough, it's that good!

Mar 11, 2017

What an excellent book! I've bought a copy for myself -- I want to highlight passages and keep rereading sections when I'm feeling frustrated at not doing something that I want to do (or at doing something I'd rather I didn't do). I also bought a copy for a family member. An enormously useful book, with information that we all can use. There is a reason that a course on this topic, taught by its author, is one of the most popular in Stanford's continuing studies program.

Sep 18, 2016

A very informative book on describing how your willpower works with good suggestions on how to improve yours.

Aug 03, 2016

Excellent book.

May 08, 2014

I'm gonna buy this book!

Just the right blend of science studies and humor.

The number one predictor of future success - more so than IQ, socio-economic background, height, etc - is one's ability to delay gratification. This book has some great strategies for doing just that. Highly recommended by me, someone who's quite awesome and whose recommendation you should heed, my friend.

Nov 10, 2013

Kelly McGonical does an exceptional job writing The WillPower Instinct. I have put more post-it-note reminders throughout this book - almost to the point of one per page. McGonical researched her topic well, provided many empirical references to support various anecdotal examples, and most importantly - she provides copious examples of how to strengthen your own WillPower and Self-Control.

Apr 13, 2013

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Mar 03, 2013

Enjoyed the book. Often has concepts you see either in yourself (or more likely people close to you). A lot of the research contained within I had heard/read about elsewhere but it certainly was an excellent part of this book.

Nov 08, 2012

Excellent book. Very readable. Outlines the latest scientific theories on the brain and how this affects our decisions on self control. This is not a run of the mill self help book.

Jun 26, 2012

"The Willpower Instinct: How Self-control Works, Why It Matters, And What You Can Do To Get More Of It" by Kelly Mcgonigal is a well-written self-help/science book about self-control. McGonigal wrote the book from a course she developed at Stanford University called 'the science of willpower". Unlike many self-help books, McGonigal doesn't prescripe what to do to get more self-control. Rather, she explores what is scientifically known. Willpower, she defines as being summed up by "I will", "I won't", and "I want". That is, to say yes when you need to say yes, and no when you mean no, and to have the motivation to set a goal, to want something. The reader therefore is invited to take insights from the latest evidence and, perhaps, apply it to there own self-control goal: weight-loss, exercise, etc.

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