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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 80.
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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
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have focused on strategy more One of the key takeaways from this video series for me is that self control is easier when you decide on if-then contracts with yourself. So you decide what is appropriate and what isn’t, and then follow it. Some of the other reviewers might have oversimplified this a bit, like “If I see a donut, don’t eat it,” but this presenter also mentioned that telling yourself not to do something makes you want to do it more. So the trick is something more positive like “if it’s Sunday, it’s ok to eat donuts” or something like that. This was a breakthrough for me. For some reason, “if eating during work hours, eat outside” has worked magic for me and my work-stress snacking habits. The other key takeaway for me is just how important it is to realize how mentally exhausted I am at the end of the day. No wonder I get mad at my kids when they don’t eat their veggies at dinner! So I can wait until a weekend to discuss with my kids about eating more veggies, and not after a long day of work. I think what was missing from this series is that the presenter is forgetting that folks who are watching this are interested in how to build self-control strategies like how to disengage from situations when they recognize that they are out of self-control energy. He gives us a few suggestions, but he mainly talks about the research. I think this would be a great series if that priority was flipped - if we learned a strategy to try, and then we were given the reasons why it works.
Date published: 2021-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very appropriate A lot of useful insight to check my ability to understand self control
Date published: 2021-11-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing - lacks coursebook and action steps This is the only Great Courses product I have bought that doesnt have a course workbook. This is annoying because I like read before listening to lectures. I didn't learn much from this course except the advice that we lack self-control when we're hungry. I was looking for more practical advice I can use to improve my self-control.
Date published: 2021-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scientific Secrets for Self Control There is a lot of good information in this course. There is a lot of information that is too scientific for my novice experience. I think that I would have gained the same amount of useful information in a lot fewer lessons.
Date published: 2021-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from If I could give this a zero I would Maybe this is helpful to someone, but it's not me, and I doubt it's the average person looking for ways to help there self control. The presenter comes off as condescending, I've gotten to lecture three, and the only real scientific secret I've heard is you'll do better if you have self control as a kid. I'm not sure that's a huge secret. I honestly wont finish this course, not throwing something at the tv has exhausted my self control.
Date published: 2021-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bored This man talks too slow. There should be a way to change the speed, like on audible. I couldn't get through it. It was frustrating.
Date published: 2021-06-13
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Overview

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.

About

C. Nathan DeWall
C. Nathan DeWall

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

INSTITUTION

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
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Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

Trailer

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