Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

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Penguin, Sep 1, 2011 - Psychology - 304 pages
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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.

"Deep and provocative analysis of people's battle with temptation and masterful insights into understanding willpower: why we have it, why we don't, and how to build it. A terrific read." —Ravi Dhar, Yale School of Management, Director of Center for Customer Insights


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 readers 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.
 

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User Review  - nicdevera - LibraryThing

There's a pattern I appreciate, how the scientists guess, they have a theory, they test it by running a study, and hey, we were wrong, how bout that, the study shows something different. Read full review

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User Review  - petterw - LibraryThing

Despite the somewhat cheeky title, this is a brilliant overview of what willpower and self-control is, what influences our willpower and how can we make changes to reach goals and make results last ... Read full review

Contents

SELECTED TITLES ALSO BY ROY F BAUMEISTER
IS WILLPOWER MORE THANA METAPHOR?
DECISION FATIGUE
SELFESTEEM VERSUS SELF
THE PERFECT STORM OF DIETING
Index
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Roy F. Baumeister directs the social psychology program at Florida State University. He has written for more than 450 scientific publications and consistently ranks among the world's most frequently cited psychologists. This is his twenty-eighth book.
John Tierney writes the "Findings" science column for the New York Times. His writing has won awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Physics. This is his third book.

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