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  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Gildan Media Corporation; Unabridged edition (18 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469000431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469000435
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book has tremendous value for anyone interested in learning how to achieve their goals more effectively. 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."
-Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., co-author of "You Are Not Your Brain" and author of bestselling "Brain Lock"
-Geoff Colvin, author of "Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else"

This book has tremendous value for anyone interested in learning how to achieve their goals more effectively. 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. -Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., co-author of "You Are Not Your Brain" and author of bestselling "Brain Lock"

"What a liberating book! Kelly McGonigal explains the scientific reality of willpower, exploding the myths that most of us believe. Stronger willpower-based on inspiring facts, not oppressive nonsense-is finally within everyone's reach." -Geoff Colvin, author of "Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else"

"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 "

"What a liberating book! McGonigal explains the scientific reality of willpower, exploding the myths most of us believe. Stronger willpower based on inspiring facts, not oppressive nonsense is finally within everyone's reach."
Geoff Colvin, author of "Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else"
""The Willpower Instinct" is a new kind of self-help book. Using science to explain the "why" and strategies for the "how," McGonigal has created a must-read for anyone who wants to change how they live in both small and big ways."
"Book Page"
"Each chapter could stand on its own as something helpful, but taken as a whole, this book could be downright life-altering. If you are trying to lose weight, become more successful at work, rid yourself of toxic habits...heck, if you're HUMAN, you need to read this book."
"Library Thing"
This book has tremendous value for anyone interested in learning how to achieve their goals more effectively. 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.
Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., co-author of "You Are Not Your Brain" and author of bestselling "Brain Lock"
**** out of four.
"USA Today Book Review"
A fun and readable survey of the field, bringing willpower wisdom out of the labs.
"TIME "magazine" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is an award-winning psychology instructor at Stanford University, and a lecturer and program developer at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She is also the author of "The Upside of Stress" and"Psychology Today" s Science of Willpower blog. McGonigal lives in Palo Alto and New York City." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Mark Dickson from facebook.com/beefybattlesthebulge reviews Dr Kelly McGonigal's book, The Willpower Instinct. He discusses the reasons behind his 5 star review, and explains how both the paperback and audio versions have helped him lose of 5 stone in weight.
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I think this is easy too read for me as English is not my original language. I watched Kelly's TED talk and loved the way she linked science to real life. This book has very practical tips encouraging you to start making changes and stick with it. It's like she's talking to me in person. Definitely recommend it.
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A superb summary of the latest research findings in neurophysiology and social psychology for regular people. Presented in ten chapters/lectures with real-life examples, jokes and practical tips and exercises in the end of each chapter. The book focuses on willpower, motivation, how to stay on track and not get distracted, how our choices and decisions are made through interaction of our different multiple selves. The concept of our "two brains" - one, impulsive "fight-flight" and "grab what you can", shaped by survival of our wild ancestors, and another, social, goal-oriented, analythical, Homo sapiens' latest acquisition, can explain a lot in behaviour of oneself and people around.

The book makes you think and, in addition, is a pleasure to read. I could do with fewer examples on excessive shopping (this is an American book, after all), but the author also examines the other problems, addictions and distractions (excessive eating, smoking, internet), and one can easily apply the workings to anything one would like to take control of.
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I wanted to start with "Rarely, if ever..." but quite a few of the books I've read lately do a very good job of explicating the science & tie it to specific actions we can take in the light of that science. And this book is no less rewarding if such is your expectation.

In my mind, the greatest value of this book, to start with, is in the mere recognition of willpower problems. For example, during my long (Ok, longish...) runs, I've often given in to a 30 to 60 sec temptation of walking a little. I'd never have thought that this was a willpower challnge & always thought of this as "not pushing too hard, should a injury happen" but this book made me realize if there was cash prize at the end, I could easily push myself to do it. So the question was never really about fatigue, it was about motivation. Similarly, in recognizing the continuous challenges of willpower - from that of indulging while feeling bad or while feeling good, to the futile chases after "happiness", or our mistaken notion of happiness - lies the many tactical takeaways for its readers.

Its made better by the science behind. At least, for those of us that are interested. I'd say here that if you're pursuing a good general & holistic appreciation of the brain's working, this is not the best book (for example, there is no content on memory & how cortisol overdose can lead to chronic stress) but the science is just enough to understand isolated concepts pertaining to the willpower challenge at hand. So if that kind of thing interests you, then you can dig deeper for the actual neurological workings (this book has a great bibliography) after understanding the basics from reading this.

And thirdly, just the plain & simple knowledge of the case studies is empowering.
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I love this book it is filled with a huge amount of practical information and it references many very interesting studies.
I find it easy to read which is important to me as a dyslexic. It has changed the way I think of willpower in a way that has been useful.
I believe that the information and techniques will continue to be of benefit through my life, in other words BUY IT
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I am a great fan of Kelly McGonigal and have her other books. I was therefore disappointed to find that this is an EXACT copy of her previous book Maximum Willpower.

I feel that this rip-off by the publishers in simply renaming an existing book (without mentioning it in the description) does a great disservice to Kelly and her work. Otherwise, the content of either this book or Maximum Willpower (of which it is a direct copy) would be worth 5 stars.
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By katie on 30 April 2013
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This book outlines the course Dr McGonigal runs at her University to help people increase their willpower. All her advice is evidence based, easy to follow, practical and realistic. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to quit a bad habit or start a good one.
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Lots of studies on the subject of willpower are explained in a friendly and easy to understand manner by Kelly McGonigal. The book works well as a self-help manual for building up willpower and overcoming our worst habits and self-defeating behaviours.There are some really surprising and thought-provoking findings which I'm starting to put into use to work on my own problems with procrastination and making bad food choices.
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