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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Discusses how understanding willpower can help people take control of their lives.
Publisher: New York : Avery, c2012
ISBN: 9781583334386
1583334386
Branch Call Number: 153.8 MCG 2012
Characteristics: 275 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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jeagle
Jul 14, 2017

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

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JudithE
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.

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jaybird443
Sep 18, 2016

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

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parasharAnkita10
Aug 03, 2016

Excellent book.

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autopsysurvivor
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.

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cdimov
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.

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MichelleBees
May 15, 2013

this title compliments many of the happiness self-help books (engineering happiness by baucells, spontaneous happiness by weil and others) that are currently so popular. truly, this book helps reframe self-talk and identify willpower fallacies. i listen to this title whenever i need a boost or fall into a willpower crevasse. highly recommended.

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ScottOttawa
Apr 13, 2013

page 170

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eastvanbookfan
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.

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stewstealth
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.

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