Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Blogger Zorro said...

Anything by Roy F. Baumeister is a treasure to read!

10:00 AM, September 27, 2011  
Blogger Dr.Alistair said...

i disagree that willpower is our greatest human strength, and the writer himself agrees that willpower uses physical resources (glucose) that deplete.

the most powerful human strength is the unconscious, where we store meta-beliefs (our own personal beliefs about beliefs) which shape our daily actions and reactions.

these meta-beliefs can be challenged at the conscious level and negotiated for change over time.

simple beliefs about foods or substances can make it nearly impossible to change your behaviour in relationship to them unless you understand what you believe about them, and all the willpower in the world will only leave you exhausted, frustrated and re-convinced of your powerlessness over them.

11:54 AM, September 27, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to have to agree with dr alistair on this one. The human wilfulness is the cause of many of our problems. Self-mastery is not the same thing as will power - we need to have mastery over our wilfulness, not rely on it for self-control.

11:57 AM, September 27, 2011  
Blogger Dr.Alistair said...


this is a video of one of my teachers talking about the meta-model in nlp, which deals with our cognitive distortions and how we fail to clearly communicate ideas with eachother and internally with the self.

these distortions lie at the unconscious level for the most part, unless identified by a practitioner, and unless identified makes even the most intensely disciplined and strong-willed person likely to fail over time at changing behaviours.

having said that, it is equally true that the most unlikely people accomplish remarkable things for the same reasons and really don't know why.

12:30 PM, September 27, 2011  
Blogger Zorro said...

My copy just arrived. It's next on my reading list.

1:41 PM, October 05, 2011  

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