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Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

Put your will power in the driver's seat and swerve around temptation with a science-based guide to mastering the art of self-control.
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 86.
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from For information purposes only This is not a course since it doesn't teach how to achieve self control, it is a compilation of information and experiments about self control.
Date published: 2024-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Information The instructor provided good overviews and practical exercises. Very well presentef
Date published: 2022-12-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My first disappointment with The Great Courses! After enjoying & benefiting from more than 50 Great Courses I was eventually bound to make a poor choice. The "Scientific Secrets for Self-Control" did not provide any new scientific neurological information to me & was very poor in giving me any real practical exercises or techniques for self-control.
Date published: 2022-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Stuff I have two lectures left to complete but the others have been informative and applicable.
Date published: 2022-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informative! Have always been interested in Human Behavior, this added to.
Date published: 2022-03-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This man and these lectures are so painfully boring. It's just him talking and repeating so many phrases like crazy. It might not be as bad if there were more pictures and video clips. I feel like I'm just listening to a machine talk for hours.
Date published: 2022-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from lot of fluff with less content I didn't find anything new , may be because I have found the contents in this course already covered in following books that I have read (Focus , The power of Habit , Atomic habit's) less content and a lot of repetition summary : Self-control is a limited energy resource so account and budget your mental energy How to reset your depleted mental energy ? Biological -> adding metabolic energy (Nutrition/sugar) alongside proper sleep psychological -> Reflecting on your core values and beliefs(affirmations) self-control is a process of overriding/regulating our impulses for urges which are not constructive in long run monitor our thoughts , feelings and behaviour mental strength (could be build with practice) priotize important and high energy tasks at the start of the day have breakfast delayed gratification is determines the level of self-control and pretictor of success in individuals brains with more prefrontal cortex volume determines level of our self-control as opposed to brains with more volume of rewards section (people with no self-control) neuroscience talks about neuro plasticity and building strength for your self control muscle through practice practice delayed gratifiction in personal life , professional life starting with 5 mins and gradually inscresing time daily build your self-control strength through monitoring your thoughts , feelings and behaviours Plan your schedule ahead of time and cccount for mental energy spend for each activity Set "implementation intention" if/then agreements standards /rules like thermostat some conversations with certain people are high maintanenece (inter-racial) plan ahead of time in such situations with a script more choices wear you off so reduce your options (limit the possibilities) When making important relationship decisions ensure you are not worn out of your mental energy
Date published: 2022-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Choose carefully. Course may be useful to you, Please read the course description carefully to see if this course will be of interest to you, or be of any use to you. Only once I started the course, did it become clear that I wasn't that interested in the topic. Fortunately, the course is short and fairly clear. The lecturer gets his point across fairly well, although perhaps talking a bit too much about scientific research, and not enough on how we can apply the results wisely in our lives. But I'm willing to do some of the work to make it useful. There is no helpful booklet supplied with the course. It could have been a big help understanding the course. I watched the DVD version of this course, but any audio-only version would have been just as useful to me at least. The DVD version, at least with my DVD player, did not have a high-quality playback. The lecturer appeared to be way too thin. for example, and this was distracting.
Date published: 2021-12-24
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Gain more control over your life by understanding the biological mechanisms of self-control and applying scientific strategies to overcoming your brain's hard-wiring.


C. Nathan DeWall

When you understand what self-control is and how it works, you are going to unlock the gates to success.


University of Kentucky

Dr. C. Nathan DeWall is Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky. He earned an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Florida State University. Winner of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Kentucky's College of Arts and Science, Professor DeWall was named a ìrising starî in psychological research by the Association for Psychological Science. He also won a SAGE Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology and the Outstanding Early Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity. Professor DeWall is a sought-after speaker who has lectured throughout the United States as well as in China, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and Australia. His research into self-control has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation. Professor DeWall has been featured in the national media, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Harvard Business Review, Time, Atlantic Monthly, and National Public Radio. He is coauthor, with David G. Myers, of the Psychology textbook series, which reaches several million students.

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Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control


Why Is It So Hard to Do What We Should?

01: Why Is It So Hard to Do What We Should?

Critical to understanding self-control: understanding why we often fail at it. First, Professor DeWall explains one of the most influential models about how self-control works, and the two classic experiments that tested this model. Then, learn why depleted energy causes us to show poor self-control and how our individual characteristics shape this energy....

32 min
Self-Control Successes and Failures

02: Self-Control Successes and Failures

What are the secrets behind mastering self-control in your life? Why are specific individuals, from politicians to civil rights leaders, widely considered heroes of self-control? Why does it help to think of self-control as working like an internal thermostat? You'll find answers to these provocative questions and more here....

31 min
Marshmallows, Monkeys, and Mortality

03: Marshmallows, Monkeys, and Mortality

In this lecture, go inside the famous "marshmallow experiment" at Stanford University and its revelations about delayed gratification; learn how delaying gratification is important even for primates and dogs; and probe general differences in self-control and its effects on everything from mental health to wealth accumulation to an early death....

28 min
Taming the Impulsive Beast

04: Taming the Impulsive Beast

Many critics and pundits argue that we live in the most peaceful time in history. So why is aggression still so prevalent around the world? Encounter several core components of self-control, two of which explain why most people commonly refrain from aggressive behavior and one of which explains why aggression still exists....

31 min
First Impressions and Stereotypes

05: First Impressions and Stereotypes

Why do we tend to mimic one another during our social interactions? Why do we feel that we "gel" with certain people and seek out stronger relationships with those individuals? Why do interactions with different people deplete us of our self-control energy? Join Professor DeWall for an illuminating investigation of these and other questions....

29 min
Romance, Finance, and Your Environment

06: Romance, Finance, and Your Environment

Learn how to apply your newfound knowledge of self-control to your romantic relationships, your financial decisions, and your surroundings. As you cover topics including recent studies on happiness and self-control in relationships and the importance of playing offense against your environment, you'll gain invaluable skills that will promote stronger self-awareness....

31 min