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Don't judge this book by its cover.,
This review is from: Willpower: Rediscovering Our Greatest Strength (Hardcover)
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I really enjoyed this book. When I was younger I used to view the idea of psychology akin to teaching your granny to suck eggs but with new fancy words for it and although there are a few 'elementary, my dear Watson' parts in this book, I found most of it quite fascinating.
I started on the chapter entitled 'The Perfect Storm of Dieting' thinking there was nothing about that subject I didn't already know and I was hooked on the book right away. I felt very smug after reading that experiments on dieters who weigh themselves everyday have more success in keeping weight gain at bay than those who weighed themselves once a week. This goes against the thinking of many slimming clubs. Throughout the book there is mention of celebrities who, for one reason or another, have either failed or adhered to willpower in their quest to achieve a goal - Oprah Winfrey's weight losses and gains are detailed in the dieting section.
I really liked the tone of this book too - there's a section called 'The What-the-Hell Effect' when dieters throw control to the wind. There's humour too in the book, the reactions of the psychologists and researchers when faced with unexpected behaviours of their human guinea pigs in situations where the opposite result was anticipated.
Although this is a worthy tome of academic study - the very title would normally put me off reading it - I found it well written and easy to understand. Each chapter is explained well and in such a way that we can all relate to the subject matter whatever our educational level. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, I learned from it, it was entertaining and at the same time I've gained a healthy respect for psychologists.