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The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control…
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The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What… (2011)

by Kelly McGonigal

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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.

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Good book but not my favourite. My personal rating would be around 4.2 but I do not want to be too judgemental as the author puts in a lot of hard work to bring out the best advises for us.

I would have preferred if the book focus more time on the willpower to push through your business to get success or more stuff on the willpower to run a marathon. The book mainly focused on the willpower to diet or avoid smoking/doing bad things. ( )
  Wendy_Wang | Sep 28, 2019 |
Good book but not my favourite. My personal rating would be around 4.2 but I do not want to be too judgemental as the author puts in a lot of hard work to bring out the best advises for us.

I would have preferred if the book focus more time on the willpower to push through your business to get success or more stuff on the willpower to run a marathon. The book mainly focused on the willpower to diet or avoid smoking/doing bad things. ( )
  Jason.Ong.Wicky | May 2, 2019 |
(Usefulness of exercises: 4.0 / 5.0,
Writing, tone: 2.5 / 5.0,
= 3.25 / 5.0) ( )
  rabbit.blackberry | Oct 19, 2017 |
(Usefulness of exercises: 4.0 / 5.0,
Writing, tone: 2.5 / 5.0,
= 3.25 / 5.0) ( )
  rabbit.blackberry | Oct 19, 2017 |
Churchill B&T only.
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
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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.

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