The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

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Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course "The Science of Willpower," The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity.

Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters. For example, readers will learn:
  • Willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue. It is a biological function that can be improved through mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and sleep.
  • Willpower is not an unlimited resource. Too much self-control can actually be bad for your health.
  • Temptation and stress hijack the brain's systems of self-control, but the brain can be trained for greater willpower
  • Guilt and shame over your setbacks lead to giving in again, but self-forgiveness and self-compassion boost self-control.
  • Giving up control is sometimes the only way to gain self-control.
  • Willpower failures are contagious—you can catch the desire to overspend or overeat from your friends­­—but you can also catch self-control from the right role models.
In the groundbreaking tradition of Getting Things Done, The Willpower Instinct combines life-changing prescriptive advice and complementary exercises to help readers with goals ranging from losing weight to more patient parenting, less procrastination, better health, and greater productivity at work.
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About the author

Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is an award-winning psychology instructor at Stanford University, and a lecturer and program developer at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She is also the author of The Upside of Stress and Psychology Today’s Science of Willpower blog. McGonigal lives in Palo Alto and New York City.


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Penguin
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Dec 29, 2011
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272
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9781101553732
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English
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Psychology / Applied Psychology
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Happiness
Self-Help / Self-Management / General
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The author of The Willpower Instinct delivers a controversial and groundbreaking new book that overturns long-held beliefs about stress.
 
More than forty-four percent of Americans admit to losing sleep over stress. And while most of us do everything we can to reduce it, Stanford psychologist and bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., delivers a startling message: Stress isn’t bad. In The Upside of Stress, McGonigal highlights new research indicating that stress can, in fact, make us stronger, smarter, and happier—if we learn how to embrace it.
 
The Upside of Stress is the first book to bring together cutting-edge discoveries on the correlation between resilience—the human capacity for stress-related growth—and mind-set, the power of beliefs to shape reality. As she did in The Willpower Instinct, McGonigal combines science, stories, and exercises into an engaging and practical book that is both entertaining and life-changing, showing you:
how to cultivate a mind-set to embrace stresshow stress can provide focus and energyhow stress can help people connect and strengthen close relationshipswhy your brain is built to learn from stress, and how to increase its ability to learn from challenging experiences 
McGonigal’s TED talk on the subject has already received more than 7 million views. Her message resonates with people who know they can’t eliminate the stress in their lives and want to learn to take advantage of it. The Upside of Stress is not a guide to getting rid of stress, but a guide to getting better at stress, by understanding it, embracing it, and using it.


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日本話題不斷,讀過的讀者都驚呆了! 

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拖延、忙碌反而生產力高?
愛打扮,有助成功?
懂得與人閒聊,意味著工作能力強?

史丹佛大學最高榮譽教學獎得主、暢銷書《輕鬆駕馭意志力》作者告訴你,這是真的!      

▍做事老愛拖拉
▍愛聊八卦,卻不擅長與人閒聊
▍喜歡追逐時尚打扮,卻不太有自信
▍個性怕生害羞,連好好道個歉也做不到
▍容易緊張感到壓力,沒安全感老愛瞎操心
▍在意別人的看法,也見不得別人好
▍新年新希望,就真的只是「希望」……

你心中是否曾經掙扎過要改掉這些行為或心態?
最新科學證明,其實這樣的人生,更精彩!

史丹佛大學最高榮譽教學獎得主、暢銷書《輕鬆駕馭意志力》作者用科學實證,
告訴你讓人生成功自在的25個簡單法則!

「這本書,是獻給想改變自我者的操作指南。
內容以我在美國史丹佛大學的講義為基礎,
加上我自己的人生經驗交織而成。
書中將用25堂課,
從心理學理論出發介紹如何達成改變目標的具體步驟。
讀者不僅可從中得知如何獲得好的改變,
且在改變的過程中也能體會到一股從心底油然而生的充實與滿足。
不管各位的願望是什麼,
在翻開此書的瞬間你就已經踏上了這條改變之路。」                  
 ——凱莉.麥高尼格

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史丹佛最受歡迎心理學家藉由此書告訴我們,人生中有千百次失敗,但別把每次失敗都視為掉入萬丈深淵。每次失敗都是讓我們重新聚焦、努力奮起的機會。──醫師.台灣菲斯特顧問  楊斯棓 

簡單的法則,輕鬆的學習,你的人生將會有大大的不同。── 東吳大學政治系教授  劉必榮

作者簡介
凱莉.麥高尼格  Kelly McGonigal
史丹佛大學健康心理學家。在波士頓大學拿到心理系及大眾傳播系學位後,於史丹佛大學取得心理學博士學位。2010年獲《富比士》雜誌選為「20位最啟發人心的女性推特作者」,曾獲得史丹佛大學最高榮譽教學獎(Walter J. Gores Award)。
作者身為心理科學界的權威領袖,致力將心理學、腦神經科學、醫學的最新研究,延伸成實用的人生建議,達到健康、快樂與個人成功的目標,因而受到大眾注目與支持。
2012年出版《輕鬆駕馭意志力》,以其輕鬆且富有深度的討論,熱銷全球三十多國,日文版大賣60萬本,為2013年日本最暢銷商業作品,也是台灣的年度暢銷書。2013年的TED演講〈如何讓壓力成為你的朋友〉更是顛覆大眾對於壓力的負面認知,超過1400萬次的點閱傳播率,感染力十足。
著有:《輕鬆駕馭意志力》《輕鬆駕馭壓力》等作品(以上皆由先覺出版)。

譯者簡介
高宜汝
國立台灣師範大學人發系營養科學組畢業,熱愛旅遊和大吃美食。譯有《專注力,就是你的超能力》等作品。

目錄

〈推薦序〉一盅暖心又醒腦的心理學雞湯╱鄭國威
〈代  序〉人生問題的簡單答案
〈引  言〉改變之路

第1章 成功不是天注定
只要做好「理所當然」,就能找到美好人生。

LESSON 1  成長心態與小鴨症候群
LESSON 2  為何拖延、忙碌反而生產力高?
LESSON 3  愛打扮,有助成功?
LESSON 4  想提升效率,從改變姿勢開始

第2章 如何構築無往不利的人際關係?
要獲得幸福與精神健康,和「自己做什麼」無關。「工作夥伴們怎麼看你」才是關鍵。

LESSON 5  職場人際關係該如何經營?
LESSON 6  閒聊的力量
LESSON 7  道歉的學問:如果那時,勇敢說了對不起
LESSON 8  在意別人怎麼想的好處
LESSON 9  言行一致,有助加強心理素質?
LESSON 10 如何幫助團隊成長?

第3章 心累了,怎麼辦?
幹勁並不會「消失耗盡」。只要一個「想法」,就能讓幹勁源源不絕。

LESSON 11 如何提升幹勁?
LESSON 12 做得到的新年目標設定
LESSON 13 如何培育「讓改變成真」的動力?

第4章 如何處理負能量?
一味逃避「負能量」,只會招來更多麻煩!丟掉「不在意」的心態,正視「為何會在意?」的自我感受。

LESSON 14 擺脫「失敗反應」的惡性循環
LESSON 15 沒自信,代表你值得信賴!
LESSON 16 你就儘管見不得別人好!
LESSON 17 謝謝你,背地批評
LESSON 18 從今天起,「不」拋開焦慮
LESSON 19 如何輕鬆開口,再也不怯場?
LESSON 20 科技成癮的你,是否還有得醫?

第5章 壓力的光明面
微軟比爾蓋茲夫婦、臉書祖克伯等頂尖人士,也是以壓力為武器,跨越逆境成長至今!

LESSON 21 壓力真的有害?
LESSON 22 如何將壓力化為助力?

第6章 如何培養讓人願意追隨的領導力?
領導力也與「意志力」相關?「高高在上」和「善良」究竟哪個才正確?

LESSON 23 別為了追求狼性,忘記人性
LESSON 24 如何防止自己做出不當行為?
LESSON 25 意見回饋的學問

The author of The Willpower Instinct delivers a controversial and groundbreaking new book that overturns long-held beliefs about stress.
 
More than forty-four percent of Americans admit to losing sleep over stress. And while most of us do everything we can to reduce it, Stanford psychologist and bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., delivers a startling message: Stress isn’t bad. In The Upside of Stress, McGonigal highlights new research indicating that stress can, in fact, make us stronger, smarter, and happier—if we learn how to embrace it.
 
The Upside of Stress is the first book to bring together cutting-edge discoveries on the correlation between resilience—the human capacity for stress-related growth—and mind-set, the power of beliefs to shape reality. As she did in The Willpower Instinct, McGonigal combines science, stories, and exercises into an engaging and practical book that is both entertaining and life-changing, showing you:
how to cultivate a mind-set to embrace stresshow stress can provide focus and energyhow stress can help people connect and strengthen close relationshipswhy your brain is built to learn from stress, and how to increase its ability to learn from challenging experiences 
McGonigal’s TED talk on the subject has already received more than 7 million views. Her message resonates with people who know they can’t eliminate the stress in their lives and want to learn to take advantage of it. The Upside of Stress is not a guide to getting rid of stress, but a guide to getting better at stress, by understanding it, embracing it, and using it.


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