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

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Paperback, Penguin Group USA, 2012, ISBN13 9781583335086, ISBN10 1583335080

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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, readers 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 contagiousyou can catch the desire to overspend or overeat from your friendsbut 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 readers with goals ranging from losing weight to more patient parenting, less procrastination, better health, and greater productivity at work.

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Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publish Date: Dec 31, 2013
ISBN-13: 9781583335086
ISBN-10: 1583335080
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.0 x 6.0 x 0.6
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