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The Willpower Instinct

How Self-Control Works, Why it Matters and What You Can Do to Get More of It

By Kelly McGonigal
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The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why it Matters and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal

The Willpower Instinct introduces the latest insights into willpower from different scientific fields, such as psychology, neuroscience, economics and medicine. While considering the limits of self-control, it also gives practical advice on how we can overcome bad habits, avoid procrastination, stay focused and become more resilient to stress.

  • Anyone who wants to achieve their goals more effectively
  • Anyone who struggles with temptation, addiction, procrastination or lack of motivation
  • Anyone who wants to make real and lasting changes in their life

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. She has received several awards including Stanford University’s highest teaching honor, the Walter J. Gores award. She is also the author of The Upside of Stress, which deals with the ways in which stress can be beneficial for us and how we can better manage it.

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