Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Category: Mental Health
Author: Roy F. Baumeister, John (John Marion) Tierney
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by lpolovets   2017-08-20
The article was written by one of the coauthors of Willpower (http://www.amazon.com/Willpower-Rediscovering-Greatest-Human...). I read this book last week and it was terrific. A great blend of fascinating studies and practical advice. Also, while many pop psych books rehash the same studies over and over, Willpower featured many results that I had not encountered before, like these findings about parole hearings. Highly recommended book.
by boofar   2017-08-20
Half-relevant: Funnily, I just arrived at this passage in "Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength"[1]:

"We devoted chapter 3 to the glorious history of the to-do list, but we realize that some readers might still not feel like drawing one up. It can sound dreary and off-putting. If so, try thinking of it as a todon’t list: a catalog of things that you don’t have to worry about once you write them down. As we saw in our discussion of the Zeigarnik effect, when you try to ignore unfinished tasks, your unconscious keeps fretting about them in the same way that an ear worm keeps playing an unfinished song. You can’t banish them from your brain by procrastinating or by willing yourself to forget them. But once you make a specific plan, your unconscious will be mollified. You need to at least plan the specific next step to take: what to do, whom to contact, how to do it (in person? by phone? by e-mail?). If you can also plan specifically when and where to do it, so much the better, but that’s not essential. As long as you’ve decided what to do and put it on the list, your unconscious can relax."

[1]: http://www.amazon.com/Willpower-Rediscovering-Greatest-Human...

by lpolovets   2017-08-20
I read Willpower (http://www.amazon.com/Willpower-Rediscovering-Greatest-Human...) recently and took extensive book notes. A few of my friends enjoyed the notes and thought they might be of interest to the HN crowd.