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

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor C. Nathan DeWall
  • 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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Can't recommend this one..

What would have made Scientific Secrets for Self-Control better?

The title, "Scientific Secrets for Self-Control" implies that scientific methods were utilized in the creation of this course. However, there were far too many sentences that started with statements like, "Studies have shown...", without any validation of the studies' conclusions or further discussion of opposing theories. Not very scientific at all, I felt.


Would you recommend Scientific Secrets for Self-Control to your friends? Why or why not?

Would not recommend this one simply because the conclusions reached (and therefore the resulting advice given) are not supported well enough.


Any additional comments?

Make the course a little longer and discuss the "science" behind the conclusions.

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- johnny

What a surprise! So short but so useful!

This book is short. That's true. But the lessons from this course are life changers. Even if common sense give us some clues, science is always better. This time science give us secrets to a better life for us and our family. This course deserves your attention.
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- Daniel

Book Details

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