The Willpower Instinct

How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It
by Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.

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Full Book 4:55 hours
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The Willpower Instinct based on a popular class at Stanford University called “The Science of Willpower” taught by the author. Using the latest research from psychology, neuroscience and other disciplines, McGonigal explains why we fail at self-control, and how we can strengthen our willpower to improve nearly every aspect of our lives, including work, health and happiness.

In this summary:

  • Chapter 1 - I Will, I Won’t, I Want: What Willpower Is, and Why It Matters
  • Chapter 2 - The Willpower Instinct: Your Body Was Born to Resist Cheesecake
  • Chapter 3 - Too Tired to Resist: Why Self-Control Is Like a Muscle
  • Chapter 4 - License to Sin: Why Being Good Gives Us Permission to Be Bad
  • Chapter 5 - The Brain’s Big Lie: Why We Mistake Wanting for Happiness
  • Chapter 6 - What the Hell: How Feeling Bad Leads to Giving In
  • Chapter 7 - Putting the Future On Sale: The Economics of Instant Gratification
  • Chapter 8 - Infected! Why Willpower Is Contagious
  • Chapter 9 - Don’t Read This Chapter: The Limits of “I Won’t” Power
  • Chapter 10 - Final Thoughts