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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McGonigal brings together the newest insights about keoly from psychology, economics, neuroscience and medicine to build mcgonigao. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through wilplower support? McGonigal suggests that the best way to understand self-control is to understand why you lose it. If you are trying to lose weight, become more successful at work, rid yourself of toxic habits There are specific things you can do to increase your heart rate variability if you need a quick willpower boost.

The least effective strategies are gambling, shopping, smoking, drinking, eating, playing video games, surfing the Internet, and watching TV or movies for more than 2 hours. Usually, I read a book, highlight what I think makes sense and move on without incorporating what I just noted. Well, most of them were based on cutting-edge research, and most of the ideas given were completely new to me.

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We can’t control our thoughts, but we can control whether we choose to act on them, and trying to suppress our thoughts only increases the probability we will act on them.

It uses the latest information from neuroscience to explain what exactly your brain goes through during a thinking or decision-making process and how to use that process to your advantage to increase your sense of self-control. Feb 08, Wendy Yu rated it it was amazing. It uses more energy than almost any other brain region, and therefore it gets tired after prolonged use each day.


You probably won’t experience this book in quite the same way, so I won’t pretend that my experience is predictive of yours. It would make putting them into practise much easier. The book’s 10 chapters reflect her week course, written in an interesting and easy style, without any “academic pompousness”: Consider them a WP investment like exercise.

Unfortunately, when it comes to books, I have no willpower!

I originally bought the Kindle edition, with audio whyspersinc. However, I found that to be completely wrong. The Upside of Stress is an empowering guide, revealing practical strategies for transforming anxiety into courage, isolation into connection, and adversity into meaning. Most importantly, I learned how to overcome temptation in a practical, non-“hippy” way. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I was even amazed by some of the scientific facts that I wasn’t previously aware of.

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The Science of Self-Discipline: Unlike the “The Power of Habit”, which broke down habits into three basic phases and showed you how to reprogram yourself, this is more a grab-bag of techniques to explore over a few weeks and on the course of the journey learn what works for you.

I most loved this book for its emphasis on self-compassion. There were a few that had us rolling around on the floor with laughter, and we shall not be putting those into practice. CE credits are available to psychologists, social workers, nurses, teachers, and other professionals through Sounds True. In terms of the order of the chapters, there are a few fairly essential subjects–chapter 6 on self-compassion and healthy pessimism and chapter 9 on acceptance of difficult feelings, I believe–that I think would be of more value in an earlier part of the book, if the reader takes the approach which the author recommends, which is to pick a goal or ‘willpower challenge,’ read one chapter per week, and gradually work on that challenge.

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.

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It is not so much about the goal itself, but more instimct having a strong reason and a clear why for delaying gratification now to succeed in the long term. What ever works for you. So, what was this miracle drug? She is a health psychologist at Stanford School of Medicine where she teaches a course called “The Science of Willpower” that quickly became the most popular classes ever offered by Stanford.

Instead, we need to accept these thoughts, but also acknowledge that we are not compelled to act on them. Ships from and sold by Amazon. And it goes on from there. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Learn more about Amazon Prime.

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Greater Good’s Favorite Books of Our editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of insttinct meaningful life. Feb 10, Mike Tiernan rated it liked it. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. Question to ask yourself: The Power of Habit: Get to Know Us. Over time, is paradoxically far easier to resist temptations if you DON’T try to repress them, but instead actually focus on them until they go away by themselves.

The author was not just re-hashing old psychology.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Mar 18, Deb rated it it was amazing. There insttinct no question of me forgetting the contents of this book in the weeks following reading it.

See all 8 questions about The Willpower Instinct…. I’m a programmer, my code is just a workaround for an empty file. Again, McGonigle doesn’t even try to instint it differently.