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

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  • Publisher: Avery Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 23mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Wayne
  • ISBN 10: 1583335080
  • ISBN 13: 9781583335086
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 6,798

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The first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. `The Willpower Instinct` is based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course `The Science of Willpower.` 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, why it matters, and how to get more of it. For example, readers will learn: Willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue. Too much self-control can be bad for your health. Giving up control is sometimes the only way to gain self-control. Willpower failures are contagious. `The Willpower Instinct` combines life-changing prescriptive, advice, and complementary exercises to help readers tackle goals ranging from losing weight to more patient parenting, less procrastination, better health, and greater productivity at work.

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Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. is an award-winning psychology instructor at Stanford University, as well as a health educator for the School of Medicine's Health Improvement Program. She is also the author of `Psychology Today``'s Science of Willpower` blog and lives in Palo Alto.

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`If you want action, not theory, The Willpower Instinct is the solution for the chronically slothful.` --`USA Today` `This book has tremendous value for anyone interested in learning how to achieve their goals more effectively.` --Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., author of `Brain Lock ` `What a liberating book! . . . Stronger willpower--based on inspiring facts, not oppressive nonsense--is finally within everyone's reach.` --Geoff Colvin, author of `Talent Is Overrated ` `Refreshingly easy to read and peppered with stories of people who have successfully used its methods, `The Willpower Instinct` is a new kind of self-help book. Using science to help explain the `why` and strategies for the `how,` McGonigal has created a book that will appeal to those who want to lose a few pounds as well as those who are eager to understand why they just cannot seem to get through their to-do list. A must-read for anyone who wants to change how they live in both small and big ways.` - `Bookpage ` `A fun and readable survey of the field, bringing willpower wisdom out of the labs.` - `TIME ` ``The Willpower Instinct `combines the braininess of a Malcolm Gladwell bestseller with the actual helpfulness of an Idiots' Guide to not being lazy. If you are trying to lose weight, train for an athletic event, become more successful at work, rid yourself of toxic habits...heck, if you're HUMAN, you need to read this book.` - `Library Thing `