Willpower by Roy Baumeister audiobook

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

By Roy Baumeister and John Tierney
Read by Denis O’Hare

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781594203077
9.19 Hours 1
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Psychologist 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. For years, our concept of the self and well-being has been dominated by the notion of self-esteem, while the old fashioned value of willpower has been disparaged by psychologists who argued that we’re largely driven by unconscious forces beyond our control. In Willpower Baumeister and Tierney turn this misinformation on its head to reveal self-control as arguably the single most powerful indicator of success. Baumeister discovered that willpower actually has a physical basis to it: it is like a muscle that can be strengthened with practice, and fatigued from overuse. That’s why eating and sleeping—and especially failing to do either of those—have such dramatic effects on self-control.  Yet, while self-control is biologically rooted, we have the capacity to manipulate our nature. Willpower features personal stories from entrepreneurs, executives, parents and children who have managed to do just that. The characters range from Victorian explorers to modern homemakers, from college students pulling all nighters to entertainers. The practical lessons in self-control conditioning they provide are nothing short of life changing. Combining the best of modern social science with the practical wisdom of David Allen, Ben Franklin, and others, Baumeister and Tierney here share the definitive compendium of modern lessons in willpower.

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New York Times bestseller

Psychologist 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.

For years, our concept of the self and well-being has been dominated by the notion of self-esteem, while the old fashioned value of willpower has been disparaged by psychologists who argued that we’re largely driven by unconscious forces beyond our control. In Willpower Baumeister and Tierney turn this misinformation on its head to reveal self-control as arguably the single most powerful indicator of success.

Baumeister discovered that willpower actually has a physical basis to it: it is like a muscle that can be strengthened with practice, and fatigued from overuse. That’s why eating and sleeping—and especially failing to do either of those—have such dramatic effects on self-control. 

Yet, while self-control is biologically rooted, we have the capacity to manipulate our nature. Willpower features personal stories from entrepreneurs, executives, parents and children who have managed to do just that. The characters range from Victorian explorers to modern homemakers, from college students pulling all nighters to entertainers. The practical lessons in self-control conditioning they provide are nothing short of life changing.

Combining the best of modern social science with the practical wisdom of David Allen, Ben Franklin, and others, Baumeister and Tierney here share the definitive compendium of modern lessons in willpower.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fascinating account of the exciting new science of self-control, told by the scientist who made it happen and the journalist who made it news. Sinfully delicious—once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop.”  Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness
“Baumeister and Tierney have produced a very fine work—clear and succinct, based on solid research, and with good anecdotal material about magician/performance artist David Blaine, singer Eric Clapton, and writers Anthony Trollope and Raymond Chandler, among others. This should prove helpful for those who are trying to make and keep resolutions.”  Publishers Weekly
“Baumeister and Tierney afford readers numerous paths to put their feet on the higher ground of self-control.”  Kirkus Reviews
“If the book weren’t so lucid, it would be tempting to dismiss it as hokum. But it’s hard to ignore or ridicule the ideas here. In fact, they seem not just plausible but blindingly obvious.”  Booklist

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Author Bio: Roy Baumeister

Author Bio: Roy Baumeister

Roy F. Baumeister directs the social psychology program at Florida State University. He is a social psychologist who is known for his work on the self, social rejection, belongingness, sexuality, self-control, self-esteem, self-defeating behaviors, motivation, aggression, consciousness, and free will. He has written for hundreds of scientific publications and consistently ranks among the worlds most frequently cited psychologists.

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Author Bio: John Tierney

Author Bio: John Tierney

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Available Formats : CD
Runtime: 9.19
Audience: Adult
Language: English