Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. McGonigal, Kelly. The willpower instinct: how self-control works, why it matters, and what you can do to. The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal is easily the best book on willpower I’ ve ever read. It’s fun, easy to read, and packed with helpful. What would you do if you had twice the willpower you do now? Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist at Stanford University, and works in.

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However, I found that to be completely wrong. The book starts out with very basic advice, eat better, get better sleep, get some exercise and star I thought I had promised myself: This activates the parasympathetic nervous system, increases heart variability, and in the end will give you a WP boost.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. McGonigal explains the scientific reality of willpower, exploding the myths most of us believe. Finally, the book was well organized and easy to understand and apply. Some of us coach. The Willpower Instinct Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal’s wildly popular course “The Science of Willpower,” The Willpower Instinct explains the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve your health, happiness, and success.

Which had no relevance to this book! Temptation and stress hijack iwllpower brain’s systems of self-control, and that the brain can be trained for greater willpower.

A fabulous book about willpower that surprised me with its insight and clean prose. I am therefore marking it down from four to two stars. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Good little book with recent research on willpower. Just practice coming back to the breath, again and again. Pages with related products. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Unless you are a narco Ok, I admit it. And yes, it is OK to admit to reading it — nobody’s perfect when it comes to willpower!


I liked that bit since CBT never helped me, and the tips in that chapter have already helped me deal with my habit of worrying. I am not going to be able to do this book justice: Luckily, I stuck with it and learned so much. The Science of Self-Discipline: Notice when stress strikes throughout the day or week. I have been employing the mechanisms taught by the author and I’ve never felt more in-control and calm about my decision making.

Shame actually makes the problem worse because it makes them feel worse see above and it diverts attention from the real problem, making arriving at a reasonable solution pretty dang hard.

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If I’d hoped to acquire a great deal of rudimentary knowledge of psychology, neurophysiology, cognitive science, and the mechanics of meditation that I didn’t already have — then this book would have been an epic fail, because I already knew all of thatand knowing it had never in any imaginable way helped me before. However, be aware of feeling constantly drained. Fairly interesting in places, but the ideas petered out like a damp squibs as soon as I put the book down – in spite of me having rigorously practised the exercises while reading the book a chapter a week, as suggested by the author.

If you cannot complete a diet, or quite smoking or stop drinking, or cannot find your willpower, this book is for you. The message is to be aware of your attitude, because when you do well, you get lazy. Its ideas seared themselves into my imagination.

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This book did not help me. First, this book is optimistic. I will, I won’t, I want big goal – we cave to impulses when we’re distracted, stressed and tired the muscle is not effective – our natural impulses: Goals are infectious, and hanging out with the right people can increase your willpower. Giving up control is sometimes the only way to gain self-control. So, what was this miracle drug? And in chapter eight, titled, “Infected! Ok, we’ve established that I like quick fixes, let’s move on.


My one grump is that I think there should have been a synopsis at the end – a brief ‘to do list’ for the exercises presented.

The Brain’s Big Lie—Why We Mistake Wanting for Happiness Our brains mistake the promise of reward for a guarantee of happiness, so we chase satisfaction from things that do not deliver. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Jul 26, Saeed rated it really liked it Shelves: One of them is a self help book that is on my bedside table at the moment. In the groundbreaking tradition of Getting Things Done, The Willpower Instinct willppwer life-changing prescriptive advice and complementary exercises to help readers with goals ranging from losing weight to more patient parenting, less procrastination, better health, and greater productivity at work.

Get to Know Us. Mar 29, Alex Kenjeev rated it it was amazing. Aug 29, Mohammad Kamelan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 24, Michael Foley rated it it was amazing.

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