Kelly McGonigal – The Willpower Instinct


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 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, listeners 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 contagious – you can catch the desire to overspend or overeat from your friends – but 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 listeners with goals ranging from losing weight to more patient parenting, less procrastination, better health, and greater productivity at work.

Author: Kelly McGonigal
Narrator: Walter Dixon
Duration: 8 hours 20 minutes
Released: 19 Jul 2005
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Language: English

User Review:

table satisfactory

I usually struggle finding things I feel apply to myself or my habits. This book is spot on for certain situations that break will power and I bet it will be for you too. download it, listen, and apply it.