Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister

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Read Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength Online Free - One of the world's most esteemed and influential psychologists, Roy F. Baumeister, teams with New York Times science writer John Tierney to reveal the secrets of self-control and how to master it. In Willpower, the pioneering researcher Roy F. Baumeister collaborates with renowned New York Times science writer John Tierney to revolutionize our understanding of the most coveted human virtue: self-control.

In what became one of the most cited papers in social science literature, Baumeister discovered that willpower actually operates like a muscle: it can be strengthened with practice and fatigued by overuse. Willpower is fueled by glucose, and it can be bolstered simply by replenishing the brain's store of fuel. That's why eating and sleeping- and especially failing to do either of those-have such dramatic effects on self-control (and why dieters have such a hard time resisting temptation).

Baumeister's latest research shows that we typically spend four hours every day resisting temptation. No wonder people around the world rank a lack of self-control as their biggest weakness. Willpower looks to the lives of entrepreneurs, parents, entertainers, and artists-including David Blaine, Eric Clapton, and others-who have flourished by improving their self-control.

The lessons from their stories and psychologists' experiments can help anyone. You learn not only how to build willpower but also how to conserve it for crucial moments by setting the right goals and using the best new techniques for monitoring your progress. Once you master these techniques and establish the right habits, willpower gets easier: you'll need less conscious mental energy to avoid temptation. That's neither magic nor empty self-help sloganeering, but rather a solid path to a better life.

Combining the best of modern social science with practical wisdom, Baumeister and Tierney here share the definitive compendium of modern lessons in willpower. As our society has moved away from the virtues of thrift and self-denial, it often feels helpless because we face more temptations than ever. But we also have more knowledge and better tools for taking control of our lives. However we define happiness-a close- knit family, a satisfying career, financial security-we won't reach it without mastering self-control.

Title : Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength
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ISBN : 1594203075
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 291 pages


Lee rated it ★★★★☆

November 28, 2011

Over the summer I read an article about "decision fatigue" in The New York Times, easily one of the most "illuminating" science/behavior-related articles I'd ever read: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/magazi... It turned out that my inability to refuse that piece of chocolate, the last slice of...

Hdmsisk rated it ★★★★★

October 17, 2011

Fascinating book but the introduction is incredibly boring. Things that I learned: Willpower is depleted as it is used even in decision making leaving one with lower willpower. To avoid this: 1. Feed the beast ie things won't go well, when low on energy 2. Sugar does not help since it causes surges...

Parker rated it ★★★☆☆

October 10, 2011

This book has a few serious flaws. Almost all of the Willpower anecdotes involve B- and C-list actors and musicians. Are Drew Carey, the fat guy from HBO's Arli$$, and that British pop-star whom I've never heard of the best people to exemplify concepts of willpower management? The invocation of f...

Emily rated it ★★★★☆

October 05, 2011

This book reveals counterintuitive research results about willpower, and I'd probably give it five stars (for being "perspective changing") if I hadn't already been brought up with this perspective. This book explores self-control and willpower, as opposed to impulsiveness and the cult of self-es...

Megan rated it ★★★★★

May 25, 2012

I just re-read this book for our book group on May 22, 2012. It's still great. I was happy for the review--especially about Drew Carey's organizational tips. Also the reminders about not making important decisions when you're depleted. Here's my original review: After a year of successful dieting...

Saeed rated it ★★★☆☆

May 31, 2017

من چند کتاب راجع به روان شناسی و فلسفه ی عزت نفس خوانده ام. نویسنده درون کتاب توضیح میدهد که وقتی که روان شناسی به سمت مناعت طبع و عزت نفس سوق داده شده است شاید غرور خودپسندی انسان را بدون محدودیت قرار دهد به طوری که اگر او در شرایطی قرار بگیرد که باید بین انتخاب کردن یا نکردن عملی تحریک آمیز قرا...

Einar rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 11, 2013

This book is marred by the silly and flippant writing style - no doubt an attempt to be "humorous" and to make the material as broadly accessible as possible. In my mind, at least, that attempt is a spectacular failure - I found it to be occasionally embarrassing and painful to read. There's also...

Lara rated it ★★★★☆

September 30, 2011

After three weeks of my children being in school, it's clear that my willpower has been depleted. I know this because I have forgotten about some important things, despite the many reminders and writing them in my new, awesome planner. Because I yelled at all three of my children last night while...

Nathan rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 02, 2011

I picked up this book hoping it would give me some science-based tips for honing my highly-variable willpower. I have learned a lot from this book, but mainly to be careful about what I hope for from a book. "Some science-based tips" is ridiculous. Science is, as a friend recently observed, what...

Gail rated it ★★★☆☆

March 06, 2013

For a girl who can easily chew through a book a week without breaking a sweat, this book was a marathon. It took me 3 months to meander my way through all of this somewhat interesting book. I enjoyed reading about the research studies and a few human prodigies (like the amazing David Blaine) but...

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