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Book Title: Willpower: Rediscovering Our Greatest Strength|
The author of the book: Roy F. Baumeister
Edition: Allen Lane
Date of issue: January 1st 2012
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 5.3
ISBN 13: 9781846146107
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Over the summer I read an article about "decision fatigue" in The New York Times, easily one of the most "illuminating" science/behavior-related articles I'd ever read: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/magazi...
It turned out that my inability to refuse that piece of chocolate, the last slice of pizza, one more beer etc, didn't mean I had "no willpower" as I'd always thought. After reading the article, it was clear that my willpower (and related glucose supply) was consumed by waking up pretty early to write, working as well as I possibly can at work (instead of giving into temptation to slack off most of the day), reading books (often while walking) that require a bit of attention, working on overwritten goodreads reviews, exercising relatively semi-regularly, maintaining sort of a semblance of order at home, emotionally overinvolving myself with the Sixers, Eagles, and Phils, and still conserving a bit of energy to play nice with wifey and the cat. And so, although I can resist a sometimes real strong urge to sleep an extra hour or stop after two miles running etc, I can't possibly resist the bowl of chocolates on my boss's desk, an invitation to enjoy a goblet of fancy ale, and/or the inclination to overwrite long goodreads reviews or order a book that seems real good . . .
So, I ordered the related "long-form" hard cover and recently found myself continually exerting willpower to keep myself from reading aloud to the wifey illuminating passages in a book that offers accessible summaries of scientific studies, a bit of self-helpishness, and profiles/interviews of famous related cases (Amanda Palmer, Eric Clapton, David Blaine, Mary Karr, Drew Carey, Henry Morton Stanley) in such a way that, like a good religion, a universalizing explanation filter comes down over the eyes and lets you see pretty much everything afresh. Ordinarily, I wouldn't trust this sort of thing, but I didn't feel like the book sacrificed complexity for the sake of superficial simplification. But then again I was pretty tired as I read a lot of this so maybe my glucose levels were low and my critical willpower therefore depleted?
Occasionally, especially toward the end in the bit about childrearing, the book seemed to assume that readers want themselves and their kids to behave like highly effective androids of flesh and bone, but I never found this sense overly off-putting, maybe in part because I'm all about transforming myself into something more like The Terminator in "T2" than The Dude in "The Big Lebowski." Also, it's not solely about unleashing your inner math god -- artistic examples are more frequent than any others. Trollope wrote 2500 words before breakfast: it's easy when you break it down into 250 words every fifteen minutes . . .
For a pop science/non-fiction book, it's very readable and, again, seems to illuminate everyone's behavior -- especially my own but also that of co-workers, friends, and maybe even the country as a whole. Basically, everyone's glucose levels have been screwy since the dot-com bubble busted (witness the election and reelection of Bush, the mortgage crisis, the collapse of the economy, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party) and such screwiness depletes one's daily willpower supply . . . even Obama needs the occasional cig.
Again, really illuminating, convincing, and thus highly recommended to the few of you out there who've ever broken a resolution, gone off a diet, wanted to be more efficient, organized, productive, healthy, and disciplined through strengthening of the will (if not in a "Triumph of the Will" way).
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Read information about the authorDr. Roy F. Baumeister is Social Psychology Area Director and Francis Eppes Eminent Scholar at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. 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, and aggression. And enduring theme of his work is "why people do stupid things." He has authored over 300 publications and has written or co-written over 20 books.
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