BlogHer paid me to read this book and write a review. The words and thoughts are my own, as if you couldn't tell.
You know how I've been so angry lately? Well, I think the Fates have noticed, too, because I ended up getting picked to review this book about willpower and changing your bad habits, The Willpower Instinct. Which is the second BlogHer self-help type book I've reviewed in a row, so maybe it's not the Fates but instead BlogHer itself that has noticed I've been a ball of rage.
Usually, I spin through this crazy and finally wear myself out and nothing really changes. I've had enough of that - and maybe that's why I keep falling into this trap of anger and despair and agita and can't seem to keep myself from it. So I'm dedicated to making changes, even if they're uncomfortable.
I have to say, I really like this book. I'm not much for self-help-y stuff because a lot of it is very poorly written and eye-roll inducing. This book? Snarky and funny and smart. The writer, Kelly McGonigal, [not to be confused with Professor McGonagall of Harry Potter fame] has a PhD and teaches psychology at Stanford and she's funny as hell. I think it helps that she's a teacher. Each chapter is focused and has great anecdotes that make you realize you're not as weak as you thought you were - it's biology/genetics/conditioning that's aiding in fucking you up.
You're supposed to read this book a chapter a week for 10 weeks so you can implement the changes she gives in each chapter. I read it all in one go to review it, but I'm going back through to work on my weekly change. My focus is being healthier. You can have broad or narrow focuses; you can use this book as many times for as many issues as you'd like to tackle. So this time, mine is kind of broad [like my ass], because I'm impatient and kind of overwhelmed and if I need to go back and tackle specific areas [eating healthier, exercising more often, hating people less], I'm o.k. with that, because I am A PROCESS, BITCHES.
We're talking about our challenges at BlogHer. What area would you focus on to gain willpower? Checking your email/texts/Twitter feeds? Your health? Drinking or shopping? NOT CALLING ME? Gah.