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Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Penguin Group (USA),

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Category: Career & Self-Development


In this summary, you will learn

  • What human behavioral studies have learned about willpower
  • What activities deplete or boost your willpower
  • How to strengthen your self-control


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Why you should read Willpower

People with the best intentions often fall short of their self-improvement goals. Social psychologist Roy F. Baumeister collaborating with New York Times writer John Tierney explain why, and give you some tools to work with as they share the results of years of study of human self-control. Their presentation is too academic for a self-help guide to correcting bad habits, since it cites study after study, but it is a very interesting backgrounder. getAbstract recommends this information-heavy look at why just saying no doesn’t work – and what you can do instead.

About the Authors

Roy F. Baumeister is a professor of psychology at Florida State University. John Tierney writes the science column Findings and has worked for The New York Times since 1990.

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  1. March 6, 2013 Stefan Chirila
    A good summary. I was able to pick some important points, that I will try to research even more.
  2. February 15, 2013 Melva McNeil
    very interesting.
  3. February 9, 2013 Harshad Sonar
    Liked the summary and the studies covered. Not sure if I would want to read the book in toto.

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