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Publisher's Summary

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.

Pioneering research psychologist Roy F. Baumeister collaborates with New York Times science writer John Tierney to revolutionize our understanding of the most coveted human virtue: self-control. Drawing on cutting-edge research and the wisdom of real-life experts, Willpower shares lessons on how to focus our strength, resist temptation, and redirect our lives. It shows listeners how to be realistic when setting goals, monitor their progress, and how to keep faith when they falter. By blending practical wisdom with the best of recent research science, Willpower makes it clear that whatever we seek - from happiness to good health to financial security - we won’t reach our goals without first learning to harness self-control.

©2011 Roy F. Baumeister (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"The psychologist Roy F. Baumeister has shown that the force metaphor has a kernel of neurobiological reality. In Willpower, he has teamed up with the irreverent New York Times science columnist John Tierney to explain this ingenious research and show how it can enhance our lives.... Willpower is an immensely rewarding book, filled with ingenious research, wise advice and insightful reflections on the human condition." (Steven Pinker, The New York Times Book Review

"Willpower is sure to inspire further groundbreaking research into the mechanics of willpower. One implication is already apparent. Since repeated behaviors eventually turn into habits, improving willpower long term requires a unique strategy - a habit of changing habits, of continually expanding our zones of comfort. One such practice, it seems, is the 'routine' of learning. That's a habit that this brilliant book will certainly nourish." (The Daily Beast)

"An accessible, empirically grounded guide to willpower and how best to deploy it to overcome temptation." (The Wall Street Journal)
 

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willpower : understood.

you will definitely be improved in knowledge regarding willpower. the only thing this book lacks is clear instructions or plans to improve the willpower. so it kind of feels incomplete. this is a theory book not a practical one. must read for everyone who suffers from procrastination and other bad habits.

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This can be a life changing book

I've come across many of the studies mentioned in this book. But this is the first time I've learned about will power studies in the right context and background.

The book is an eye opener and can help people improve their lives.

The narrator is a delight. He so easily creates differences when different people speak or when he's narrating for someone else. No confusion whatsoever. Beautifully narrated work.

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A great boor by great author and narration.

This a a perfect solution to make tiny changes in your lifestyle and achive great success.

Willpower is a Muscle that can be strengthen.

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Good Read

Lot of eye-opening concepts about how will power governs so many things in your life. This is the kind of book I'd be re-reading every now and then just to refresh my memory about the concepts

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Clean | Informative | inspiring

It takes a while for the book to make a impression on you.
However, at the end it does leave a impactful change.

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A peep into Will Power

The book helps understand the power of will power. The book gives references of number of studies made on will power. It helps understand the concept of will power. The book shares practical tips on overcoming temptations. The book also shares practical tips on how to develop and use will power. I enjoyed reading the book. I would recommend others to read or listen.

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Great book

I really like the book author has given many ground breaking rules great book for some one who want to improve his her life

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One time read

The author is brilliant no doubt but he is all over the place with ideas.
Keep a book and pen ready for making points because some of them are good.

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  • Adele
  • 02-03-20

excellent documentation

wish the authors had more faith in religion, but the empirical results of their studies are undeniable. love the approach and helps so much to know the background.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-20

Fantastic Content Applicable to Everyone

This book itself is not exciting; however, the positive effect that this information can have on your life is cause for excitement. Baumeister explains how every day we have a limited amount of willpower and gives us tips and tricks to make the most of it, along with how to strengthen willpower over time. This book has helped and will continue to help me make the most of my willpower as I implement recommended practices into my life.

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  • Zev Kaplan
  • 23-02-21

Awesome

This book sets the gold standard for books on improving one’s life and is highly recommended by someone who very rarely writes reviews

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  • Thorbjørn Jensen
  • 21-02-21

Really solid and enlightening book

It has changed the way I percieve will power, and modern life. Instead of seeing will power (and the lack of it) as a question of guilt and character defects, it shows a nuanced picture with lots of surprising facts

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  • Sujit Lalwani
  • 20-02-21

Deep Research

This is a very insightful book for those having an idea and conception about will power & wish to dive deeper into the subject with references to research, examples, case studies and possible practical applications. I enjoyed listening to it and might listen multiple more times to certain sections in future.

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  • J7
  • 24-01-21

very good and scientific

very good and scientific. useful information and it gives historical accounts which help me remember the details.

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  • Ildefonso
  • 15-12-20

Insightful

Really brokedown how Willpower works and why do we stray from our goals. Definitely a must read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-20

Awesome

It puts many ideas together in order to become möte efficient. Really good listen and simple.

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  • DALITSO KUNTAMBILA
  • 17-08-20

Eye opening and Insightful

one of the best books i have read as far as self improvement is concerned. The book uses a good strategy of having a real life character's story in each chapter, supplemented by numerous research findings to explain in relatively simple and intuitive ways the concepts of willpower and self control. The book is also witty with some funny anecdotes.

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  • Krystopher Dailey
  • 20-07-20

interesting but won't listen again or recomend

this was a nice book to listen to on commute. lots of small stories and studies. for how long it is theirs only a few helpful tips but I have a better understanding of human behavior.