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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth A Read, 11 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Willpower: Rediscovering Our Greatest Strength (Hardcover)
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While I didn't find much that was new within this book it was nonetheless an absorbing read. A lot of anecdotal evidence is given to show how willpower has been used to achieve things from the mundane to the spectacular. At the mundane end of the scale was advice on using willpower to help with problems such as over-eating, don't get too excited, apparently the key to this is to remove temptations from sight so that you trick your mind into not thinking about food! At the other end of the scale were insights into how David Blaine trains himself for some of the spectacular stunts that he performs.

The authors have pulled together a lot of very interesting material in this book - amongst the many subjects that are touched upon are psychology, history, medicine and finance. I do feel that some of the assertions are a bit questionable though - like the studies referred to that show a link between low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) and poor self-control, and that go on to suggest that this condition is prevalent amongst the criminal classes - does this mean that once diagnosed as a diabetic you are more likely to become a criminal ?

I found the case of Henry Stanley (he of "Dr Livingstone, I presume" fame) very interesting, if only because I learnt some history that I was previously unaware of. But, in the end, I feel that the basic message of this book is much the same as many others - developing particular skills takes time, patience and plenty of practice. If you're looking for a short cut to improve your willpower don't bother reading this. However, if you're looking for a good read with lots of interesting facts etc. thrown in then this could be the book for you.
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