Scientific Secrets for Self-Control : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor C. Nathan DeWall Ph.D. Florida State University
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 3 hrs and 1 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Join an expert in self-control research for six engaging and inspirational lessons that shatter the myths about willpower and replace them with verifiable science that can make the seemingly unattainable finally possible. Packed with eye-opening studies, experiments, and exercises to strengthen your self-control when dealing with money, fitness, personal relationships, and more, this course will have you wondering why you ever doubted yourself.
Whether you're looking for new ways to resist temptation, make a strong first impression, or better control your emotions, this is your guide to understanding—and mastering—what is a frequently misunderstood subject. In clear language, your award-winning professor introduces you to the general theories behind self-control: what it is, how it works, and how you can take steps to improve it.
Among the topics you'll investigate:

How researchers discovered that delayed gratification can lead to better individual well-being in everything from higher self-worth to less sensitivity to rejection
One of the most influential theories about how self-control works - the limited resource model, which argues that self-control relies on limited energy that becomes depleted after use
How scientists discovered the link between the prefrontal cortex and aggression, and how people at risk for violent anger show abnormalities in that region of the brain.

Alongside groundbreaking scientific findings and research, you'll get personal exercises, activities, and thought experiments you can use to practice strengthening your self-control skills to meet whatever specific goals you want to achieve.
Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.


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Great idea!!

I bought six titles from The Great Courses lectures and just wanted to say what an excellent idea this is.

Non-fiction books, even on an interesting topic, can sometimes be boring, repetitive and overly long. But in lecture form I've found them incredibly engaging. I really have a sense of what it would be like attend a lecture in an auditorium.

This is my first title and I'm really enjoying it.
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- Terry

nothing of merit

I listen to a lot of the great courses audio books, this one is short and lacks any real data of any use
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- jock

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses