Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. McGonigal, Kelly. The willpower instinct: how self-control works, why it matters, and what you can do to. The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal is easily the best book on willpower I’ ve ever read. It’s fun, easy to read, and packed with helpful. What would you do if you had twice the willpower you do now? Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist at Stanford University, and works in.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. In the introduction, Kelly shares her hopes that: I am so glad I read this book. Just look out for green lights while reading. What will you use your extra willpower for? The author cites an entertaining study about a group of people who were asked not to think of white bears but subsequently could think of nothing else. Popular psychology books often get a bad rep for either oversimplifying science or complicating it to the point if incomprehension.

However, even those limits can be increased with time and mental exercise. As my friend Kelly would say:. Add both to Cart Add both to List.

View all 5 comments. McGonigal enforces that treating ourselves with kindness when we mess up – because all humans mess up – increases our chances of succeeding in our pursuits.

At the beginning, Instint was a little concerned by the early mention of mindfulness. She suggests tracking your willpower choices to increase your awareness and meditation as a means of building willpower willpower is like a muscle and can be trained to become stronger over time.

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We can’t control our thoughts, but we can control whether we choose to act on them, and trying to suppress our thoughts only increases the probability we will act on them. As a means of increasing willpower, the author suggests engaging in focused breathing, outdoor walks or activity just five minutes is sufficient to have an impactgetting adequate sleep, and lying down to relax. For me, it’s all about embracing the dialectic of Acceptance and Change.

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I thought I had promised myself: To view it, click here. It’s also like a muscle, in that training it – through very specific meditations, breathing exercises, and a few other tricks – increases its strength and endurance over time.

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I thought this was going to be another “do-what-I-did” type self-help books. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Return to Book Page. I don’t know if the author “cured” me, but she certainly made an entertaining and outstanding attempt.

I’d recommend this one over The Power of Habit because of more actual science and no endless anecdotes. I am currently working as a clinician in a addiction recovery program. According to McGonigle, self criticism and self castigation is counterproductive to adaptive behavioral change. 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.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I am a serial resolution maker and breaker so this mcgonibal really spoke to me in kely lasting way.

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There were a few that had us rolling around on the floor with laughter, and we shall not be putting those into practice. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: I feel it might be good middle age child.

How real are the limits of self control? CE credits are available to psychologists, social workers, nurses, teachers, and other professionals through Sounds True.

Shame actually makes the problem worse because it makes them feel worse see above and it diverts attention from the real problem, making arriving at a reasonable solution pretty ibstinct hard. I think it’s indisputable that the ultimate measure of the worth of a self-help book is Is this book going to change your will or is it just meant to encourage? Instinft, we need to accept these thoughts, but also acknowledge klely we are not compelled to act on them.


Definitely check out this book if you’re interested to find out why our mind craves so many things that are unhealthy in the long run. See all 8 questions about The Willpower Instinct…. Feb 08, Wendy Yu rated it it was amazing. I’m still reading these bloody self-help books, though!

Also, you can “pre-commit” to your future self by doing things like purchasing an expensive gym membership to exercise, but this struck me as intsinct little superficial as someone who is struggling with willpower can simply ignore the commitments they made.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I’m a programmer, my code is just a workaround for an empty file. Is your exhaustion real? Self acceptance, however counterintuitive, can be the critical first step to exiting these kinds of behavioral traps.

It shows you ways of strengthening your willpower. View all 8 comments. Fortunately it works both ways. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Mar 18, Deb rated it it was amazing. The topic matter is so absolutely pertinent that a thorough and adequate treatment of the subject automatically becomes enormously helpful.

It is not so much about the goal itself, but more about having a strong reason and a clear why for delaying gratification now to succeed in the long term. You resist the temptation to go to a bar with coworkers on Wednesday, you get through your gym workout the day after, and are highly motivated to lose those extra pounds.

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