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.
In this summary, you will learn
- What human behavioral studies have learned about willpower,
- What activities deplete or boost your willpower, and
- How to strengthen your self-control.
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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Comment on this summary
5 years agoA good summary. I was able to pick some important points, that I will try to research even more.
5 years agovery interesting.
5 years agoLiked the summary and the studies covered. Not sure if I would want to read the book in toto.
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