The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

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By (author) Kelly McGonigal, Read by Walter Dixon

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  • Publisher: Gildan Media Corporation
  • Format: CD-Audio | 8 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 147mm x 20mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 18 December 2012
  • ISBN 10: 1469000431
  • ISBN 13: 9781469000435
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 501,002

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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. "

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Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, and a leading expert on the mind-body relationship. She teaches for the School of Medicine's Health Improvement Program and is a senior teacher/consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She has received a number of teaching awards for her undergraduate psychology courses, including Stanford University's highest teaching honor, the Walter J. Gores award.