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The Willpower Instinct

How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
Lu par : Walter Dixon
Durée : 8 h et 20 min
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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 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. 

©2011 Kelly McGonigal (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Commentaires

"The Willpower Instinct is a new kind of self-help book. Using science to explain the why and strategies for the how, McGonigal has created a must-read for anyone who wants to change how they live in both small and big ways." (Book Page)

"Each chapter could stand on its own as something helpful, but taken as a whole, this book could be downright life-altering. If you are trying to lose weight, become more successful at work, rid yourself of toxic habits...heck, if you're HUMAN, you need to read this book." (Library Thing)

“This book has tremendous value for anyone interested in learning how to achieve their goals more effectively. McGonigal clearly breaks down a large body of relevant scientific research and its applications, and shows that awareness of the limits of willpower is crucial to our ability to exercise true self control.” (Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, co-author of You Are Not Your Brain and author of best-selling Brain Lock)

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  • Taran Collis
  • 20/11/2019

What’s up with the narrator?

I hope I can find another copy of this book with a different narrator who sounds human. I can’t listen to this for 8 hours. Bummer!

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  • Elizabeth Tudhope
  • 29/07/2019

Narrator sounds like a robot

Kelly should have narrated this herself. The narrator sounds like a robot and it is distracting and takes away from the book's content.

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  • Maggie Hess
  • 18/05/2019

Most People Use the Opposite Method than Effective

I love this book. I noticed Kelly McGonigal a few years ago, noting just how normal she makes neuroscience, and how easy it is to understand it when she talks about it. Reading this book first on paper, and now returning to it with a good narrator, I started thinking of willpower as a muscle. In her usual manner, Kelly McGonigal pairs science with easy to understand examples. I love her idea that there is both "will power"; and "won't power"; and her facts about limits to both, and ways to exercise and build these muscles. In my memory, success in willpower is quite counterintuitive for most. The best way to improve self control is to know how and why you lose your control, and furthermore, if you are kind with yourself in a change, you actually do better! I love the paradox in this! In this book, Kelly McGonigal follows a course that she taught at Stanford, I think, on the subject of Willpower. So this is definitely applied science, in that she has had numerous students try out her method.

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  • Ben Chadez
  • 09/03/2020

Techniques that worked for me

Before I listened to the audiobook, I had watched the author's presentation on willpower through a Google Talk that was posted on YouTube. So I knew of the book long should. I took a lot of the information in that presentation to heart, and used it to help me cultivate a approach to eating that helped me lose over 110lbs over a three year period. Then something changed. Along my journey -- motivated by my success and new information I learned about nutrition -- I wanted to get even better with my willpower. My mindset became more aggressive in what I was trying to accomplish, something more akin to a perfectionist. I wanted to mold myself into a "health nut," if you will. But what I didn't realize at the time is that in doing so, I was falling into several willpower traps. I started slowly gaining weight. A few months later, I hit a stressful part of life; without going into details, circumstances caused me to become much more exhausted. That's when things started to spiral. I was binge eating again, a habit I thought I had kicked years before. In total, I gained about 60 lbs back. Needing to get my self control back --and fast -- I bought this book, knowing how helpful McGonigol's Google talk had been before. It was the best thing I could have done. Immediately I was reminded of the techniques that were working for me, and quickly made aware of the traps that I stepped into when I changed my routine. Virtually every chapter of this book is something I connected with. And it helped me plan and prioritize what I needed to do to right the ship. I'm happy to say I am back on track with my personal health journey. I don't know if the advise here will work for everybody, but I will attest that they absolutely work for me. The material does seem to emphasize food habits over other temptations like smoking or social media addictions, but I think the ideas should translate easily enough. If you're on the fence, check out the aforementioned Google talk and see if it might apply to you. For me, I loved this book so much, I bought a physical copy to study. These are concepts and techniques I don't just want to know, but want to master.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 27/09/2020

gGood listen

I had to come back to it at diffetent times but pretty bland voice and tone when it came to listening but i had to get use to it if i was going to be able to learn something from this book.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 02/09/2020

Study based advices to improve your life

Apart from the typical recommendations like having a good sleep schedule, exercising and meditation, this book offers some practice and counterintuitive advices as well to improve your life. I especially liked the chapters on moral licensing and ironic rebound effect.

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  • Jerica
  • 22/08/2020

AMAZING!!!

Everything about this book is amazing. I've been looking for something to help me with self control that was based in science and this book definitely delivers. The narrator is easy to listen to and doesn't sound like a robot.

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  • DALITSO KUNTAMBILA
  • 22/08/2020

Great book

loved everything about the book. the content, narration, and wit 👌. Very practical 👌

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  • anna pitner
  • 02/08/2020

amazing combination of science & storytelling

this book gave me a whole new perspective on willpower. it made me amazed, surprised, and even made me laugh. I've started to implement some of the lessons in my life.

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  • Shai
  • 05/07/2020

Don't skip this one!

The best self help book I've read. Scientific advice without bullshit. Narrator is ok, I wish that it was narrated by a woman since the author is female but I respect their choice.