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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.

©2011 Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

Critiques

"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, M.D., co-author of You Are Not Your Brain and author of best-selling Brain Lock)

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Absolument excellent

Après avoir lu Willpower, je trouve que Willpower Instinct est bien meilleur. Description Scientifiques et exercices pratiques sont mélangés pour faire un tour extrêmement cohérent et pertinent. On voit immédiatement les implications dans la vie de tous les jours et les exercices sont suffisamment nombreux et diversifiés pour s'insérer facilement dans notre vie de tous les jours.
Oui, cela change la vie.

La voix anglaise est bien mais elle est un peu soporifique.

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A Must-have book

This book is a must-have!
A deep Understanding of willpower.
The audiobook is great but you should take notes and practice immediately what you learn from it.

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Very insightful

The mechanism and neuroscience behind the birth of habits, willpower and self-control. The audio book offers exercices and summaries at the end of each chapter. Very well structured. Very easy to listen to or to read (I also bought the paper copy). Useful for anyone who want to know why they fail at getting rid of bad habits or why sometimes people procrastinate.

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Bon livre

Beaucoup de conseils pour les procastinateurs comme moi. A écouter et à appliquer quotidiennement. A réécouter si besoin

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I will power!

Une abondance de techniques pour changer ses habitudes et atteindre ses objectifs, toutes avec des explications fondées sur des expériences scientifiques, le tout avec une grande pédagogie. Je le conseille à tous ceux qui tentent de s'améliorer et de mettre fin à certaines mauvaises habitudes. Conclusion du livre : c'est en apprenant à se connaître qu'on se rend capable de résister et de faire ce qui nous entraînera vers nos objectifs. Bonne narration pour l'audiobook.

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  • Neuron
  • 27/05/2013

Research based guide to improve willpower

Everyone thinks that their willpower fails them, often on a regular basis. Those people who say they have a lot of willpower often have the least. Willpower is undeniably good to have and in studies it is correlated with all kinds of positive outcomes.

Dr.McGonigal thankfully does not teach the reader never to “give in” to the things you like. Rather you should ask yourself what it is that you would like to stop/start doing and then focus on that goal. She refers to these goals as willpower challenges. Typical willpower challenges are to go to bed in time, to exercise more, to work instead of checking facebook updates, eat less snacks etc etc.

Most people have many willpower challenges. One important lesson from this book is that you do not have unlimited willpower. Therefore you should not take on too many willpower challenges simultaneously, because that will result in failure.

So what strategies does Dr.McGonigal propose for increasing willpower? This book includes a wealth of advice and I feel pretty confident in claiming that most people will find at least one strategy that helps them. Her first proposed strategy is meditation, which is just not my cup of tea (for me doing meditation would be a willpower challenge on its own). After taking about meditation and breathing exercises she moves on to more obvious candidates: exercise and sufficient sleep. I am sure that you have all heard it before but I will reiterate: exercise is good and getting enough sleep is important for all kinds of things, including willpower. Regarding sleep she also points out that people have started sleeping less in recent decades, and in the same time people have become more obese. In is not inconceivable that the rise in obesity in the recent decades in part is related to reduced willpower which in turn is due to the fact that we sleep less. After all, those evening snacks that we consume in the evening after a stressful day can contain quite a lot of calories.
Dr.McGonigal introduces plenty more strategies for overcoming willpower challenges. The ones I feel were most useful include the following: (1) If you really want say a snack, wait 10 minutes, and then, if you still want it, go ahead and take it. (2) Thinking more about your future self. People are often prone to ignoring the needs of their future selves I don’t care so much how their actions may affect their future selves. (3) Focusing on what you should do rather than what you shouldn’t do. Don’t think of pink elephants! Hard right? Similarly constantly telling yourself not to eat that snack will draw your attention to it, making it harder to resist. It is better to focus on what you should and do.

There are many willpower traps. Perhaps the most obvious one is exposing yourself to the thing you try to avoid. If you want to eat less snacks, don’t keep them in the home cause if you are like me you will eat them, sooner or later. Another trap which I personally used to fall into, is rewarding yourself after a strenuous exercise i.e., now that I have exercised so much I deserve to eat several large burgers and some candy after that =). I am not saying that such a reward in undeserved, only that the calorie intake from a large meal is much larger than the calorie output during exercise. Yet another trap is the “what the hell effect”. Having succumbed to temptation many people say to themselves - what the hell, now that I have started eating this snack I might as well eat the rest...

I sum, this book provides an accessible introduction to willpower, what it is, how it works, and what you can do if you face a willpower challenge. Regardless of whether you decide to utilize any of Dr.McGonigal proposed strategies I believe that merely starting to think and learn about willpower will help you reach your personal goals. It is also nice to know that more or less everyone has willpower issues, and very few (sickly?) people never succumb to temptation.

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  • Niv
  • 03/04/2012

life changing one of the best I read

What made the experience of listening to The Willpower Instinct the most enjoyable?

It is very rare to find books about this subject and even when I did, I didn't know what to expect.I was in the middle of a will struggle on many areas: some personal and some common to many people like loosing weight.I had some success before reading the book but I felt I exhausted and afraid that I'll break and return to my bad habits.After reading the book I got a boost in all areas I see good results (lost 10 KG) and I stopped feeling bad about the few times I do give in to temptation.I learned many simple techniques for controlling the mind and I also liked the simple and powerful analysis of the way we think and the many paths of the mind leading us to prefer short term satisfaction over our long term goals. (all backed up with many researches and explored in a scientific yet simple approach).This knowledge and techniques made me better understand how I used to think, I am now more immune and by simple change of the way I think I can overcome many temptations.I warmly recommend to everyone.

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  • Sherry
  • 27/03/2012

Will, Won't & Want

As suggested in the audio book, my intention was to take on the challenges offered before listening further. However the content was so interesting I found myself drawn in...hence lack of will power.

However, I appreciated the information on studies performed, tasks suggested and results tabulated on willpower.

I appreciated the personal content from his experience in the classroom teaching this as a course.

I have a list of challenges that I will be applying some refreshed willpower motivators to.

Well worth the time and credit invested.

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  • MTKim
  • 17/04/2012

A lot to think about, but it is already helping

What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

I actually speeded the narration up to 125% (I'm using the audible app to listen to this). At normal speed it is just too slow.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

There is too much information to listen too in one sitting. However, at the same time it was way too interesting to follow the authors recommendation to only do one chapter a week and try out each will power experiment for a week before moving on.

Any additional comments?

This book has a great mix of both quick and easy fixes for how you think about your "willpower challenge" (losing weight, spending less, working out more, ect ), as well as some long term changes. The book is structured so that each chapter discusses current research and case studies/success stories before summarizing with a single method/strategy to increase your willpower. The idea is that one or two or ... of the discusses methods will work for you in your particular challenge, while others won't.

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  • Matt
  • 21/05/2012

Outstandingly Helpful - Very Easy to Listen to

Where does The Willpower Instinct rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've read so many self help books, but this is different. It has a certain lucidity and humility to it. Every one of the recommended techniques is backed up by easy to understand, legitimate scientific findings.It's very easy to listen to. It's written for the lay person with an interest in science. It's well read and very accessible. I listened to the second chapter whilst having root canal treatment and hardly missed a word.I've now bought the hard copy too, just so I can dip into it and refresh my memory when needed.I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in any aspect of self improvement.

What did you like best about this story?

Most of all I like the new insights into myself that she has given me.It helps me understand the willpower traps I've fallen into throughout my life and given me simple, practical strategies for overcoming them. I've learned all kinds of new, useful and interesting stuff about the way my mind works. She covers a lot of stuff that I've never heard in any other self help book before.Another thing I really like about this book the tone - this writer does not come from the classic high pressure, ra ra "high fives and hype" sales background from which most coaches come . On researching her afterwards, I found out that Willpower is just one of the classes she teaches. First and foremost she's a devoted and highly qualified teacher in the field of health and wellbeing.This book does what most coaches and the writers of most self help books don't seem to understand - it starts from a position that most of us struggle to maintain enthusiasm for longer term goals. It explains what's actually going on when our willpower wanes—that positive thinking alone is not enough. It explains why certain types of positive thinking can actually be harmful.

What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good voice modulation, pitch, pace and pausing. He kept me listening.I didn't pay much attention to the name of the author when I bought it. Somehow, when you hear the voice of a man reading, you think it's been written by a man. It gave the learning more about the author afterwards experience a certain wow factor.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, absolutely. I zipped through it. Now I am listening to it again and have bought the hard copy.

Any additional comments?

I was surprised at how young the author is. I have no doubt that she will become a household name in years to come. She is really good at what she does and clearly a very dedicated and humble person. Check out her one hour author's presentation video given to Google staff after you've read the book. Google doesn't invite just any old author to talk to its staff. This is a mark of real distinction. It's a great summary. It's on youtube.

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  • ANDREA
  • 05/03/2012

Very Logical

Would you listen to The Willpower Instinct again? Why?

I am going to listen to this audible again. Its got a lot of info and explanations
for why we seem to have no control, but it gives us a logical, midful way to have willpower.

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  • Mykl Devlin
  • 08/06/2012

Very practical

A very practical book. It switches effortlessly between explaining (in general terms) the neurological basis of what we do and pragmatic methods to change.

The author suggests that the book is consumed in parts over a long time to bed in the principals that he is giving. I listened to it very quickly, and will be going through it again at a slower rate putting his suggestions to work.

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  • Danny M.
  • 13/08/2012

Applicable and entertaining

Professor McGonigal's stories about and advice for strengthening willpower are helpful and thought provoking. Especially interesting is the idea that willpower is inborn in people, and explanations for how our environment sometimes causes it to work against our best interests.

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  • Clare
  • 06/02/2013

Great book, lame narration

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Walter Dixon?

Kelly McGonigal! It's a huge opportunity lost to have this fantastic book narrated by Dixon's monotonous drone. This book was written by a brilliant woman, and it would add a lot to have her reading it.

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  • James
  • 15/07/2012

Very enjoyable read!

I learnt a lot about myself and why we make the decisions that we do...even to our own detriment. Must read.

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  • Felix
  • 31/01/2016

Underappreciated

The book is underappreciated, because what it teaches is so obvious, but then it is not. Many would agree that time and money are fairly valuable resources. But what about having time and money and little to no willpower? May it be that willpower and knowing how to use it - consciously or unconsciously - is critical to health, success and happiness?

This book will teach you that willpower is a depletable resource, which works similar to a muscle. It's strength - aside from genetic predispositions - is influenced by a myriad of factors you have more or less control over. For instance anything that effects your heart rate variability (HRV) or blood sugar level has implications for your willpower. That would include the food you eat, the thoughts you carry, the people you associate with and the way you exercise.

If you think willpower is a critical resource that may help you achieve your goals, this book will be a good investment. As you may have already noticed the book's concept is very much complementary to building good habits. If you are already well-read in the latter you may appreciate this book even more.

It's a short read by the way. It can comfortably be listened to at 2x.

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  • Axeman
  • 15/01/2015

Top Buch, sehr abwechslungsreich & aufschlussreich

Sehr viele interessante Erkenntnisse und vor allem praktische Tipps. Sehr gutes Buch, kann ich nur empfehlen. Gut investiertes Geld und Zwit

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  • Stefan Schaller
  • 27/05/2017

Fundiert

Fundierter Aufbau, strukturiert, wissenschaftlicher Ansatz, interessante Beispiele. Würde das Buch daher empfehlen wenn jemand das Thema interessiert.

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  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 29/09/2018

helpful! thanks

rly helpful reframes and techniques, evidence based and practical. can recommend! focus on mindfulness and actually feeling what is going on inside instead of trying to avoid inner conflict and bad emotions

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  • Jamal G.
  • 20/07/2018

From wont to will

awesomely explained how to conquer and craving by reversing it into what really matters. check it out!

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  • cikee
  • 14/06/2018

mind-blowing willpower

wow this was incredible. I was first intend to read Roy Baumeister Version of will power and it was great to listen here that they mention him as well. mind-blowing listening in 4 days straight. every penny worth it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29/05/2018

Nice ideas and helpful

This book gives some good clues how to improve the abstract or complex behaviours of your willpower.

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  • Jens Burkhardt
  • 08/03/2018

Accept internally, act externally

Eye-opening! I could see myself using all the strategies that are doomed to fail... it makes so much sense. I would make huge goals and trying to implement a new habbit. After some time I'd succumb once and feel so guilty and beat myself up, which would end my hole attempt (see what the hell chapter). Anyways I can definitely suggest this audiobook for everyone that wants to improve their life.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 15/11/2017

Genau auf den Punkt

Spitzenklasse. Hat wirklich einen Nerv getroffen und dabei genau Bullseye jedes Problem das man jemals hatte angesprochen. Kann es persönlich nur empfehlen!

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  • Supernatural
  • 30/10/2017

love it

the book provided a very good glimpse of a humans struggle with itsself. learn es to not surpress feelings