Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister
Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

66%

10 Critic Reviews

...the book is unlikely to provide the final word on this crucial topic.
-WSJ online

Synopsis

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.
 

About Roy F. Baumeister

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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.
 
Published September 1, 2011 by Penguin Books. 305 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Willpower
All: 10 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Above average

Baumeister and Tierney afford readers numerous paths to put their feet on the higher ground of self-control...

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Guardian

Good
on Feb 07 2012

The result is...readable, accessible and practical. It's an unusual self-help book...

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Guardian

Below average
on Jan 18 2012

...a lack of self-control is a pervasive and growing evil in contemporary society...but reading a book called Willpower that tells you to sign up for internet programmes that regulate everything...isn't going to help.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 13 2011

This should prove helpful for those who are trying to make and keep resolutions.

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WSJ online

Below average
on Aug 27 2011

...the book is unlikely to provide the final word on this crucial topic.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
on Sep 01 2011

...entrepreneurs, executives, coaches, athletes, and artists will find both much illuminating insights into what contributes to superior self-control and also considerable practical application guidance here.

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The Economist

Above average
on Nov 18 2011

...their findings both confirm and confound common sense.

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AARP

Above average
on Sep 01 2011

This is basically a scientific rewording of the timeworn advice not to shop when you’re hungry, or not to make important choices when you’re tired...

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Women's Voices for Change

Excellent
on Jan 05 2012

If one of your resolutions this year is to read more, Willpower is a great place to start. It could be just the boost your other resolutions have been waiting for.

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Ben Casnocha

Good
on Jun 12 2012

...a fascinating book about one of the most important traits in a successful person: self-discipline. The authors present a blend of research and practical how-to tips.

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