The Willpower Instinct

Willpower InstinctKelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. Her book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It shatters myths about willpower and reveals life-changing secrets from the new science of self-control. McGonigal takes readers on a fascinating tour of research in psychology, neuroscience, medicine and economics to reveal a compelling new picture of what willpower is, why it matters, and how to develop it: Why willpower is limited and why too much self-control is actually bad for our health; the different types of willpower and how to harness “I will,” “I won’t,” and “I want” power; and how to create environments that boost our willpower. Whether hoping to lose weight, find greater focus, get a handle on stress or make another change in the way we lead our lives, The Willpower Instinct offers new knowledge as well as practical strategies for self-control without suffering. (Avery/Penguin)