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Addiction, Procrastination, and Laziness

A Proactive Guide to the Psychology of Motivation
Narrated by: Paul Brion
Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
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Learn to take control of your life through an in-depth understanding of motivation

What is motivation? Why do we feel totally paralyzed to do certain things, and utterly unable to quit others? Too many people conclude, falsely, that they are just lazy or lacking in willpower. But what they lack is a correct understanding of their own minds, of motivation, and the way that it operates.

This audiobook is a self-help manual and a rigorous analysis of the psychology of motivation. It will teach you to stop procrastinating, kick your addictions, circumvent laziness, take control of your actions, and achieve your goals, by thoroughly understanding the way your mind works. 

In it, you’ll learn: 

  • What the nature of motivation is, on its deepest psychological level
  • Why addiction and procrastination are two sides of the same coin
  • Why there’s no fundamental difference between a physical and psychological addiction
  • Why willpower is rarely the solution to anything
  • Why and how emotions motivate

You’ll also learn 15 powerful strategies for motivating yourself, why they work, and how to apply them to your own life. By the end of this audiobook, you’ll possess all the tools you need to take firm control of your daily existence.

©2017 Roman Gelperin (P)2018 Roman Gelperin

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  • max
  • 30-10-19

If you saw this on Instagram ads you’re as gullible as I was

The author clearly comes from an academic background and it’s shows in his writing. Stringing together big words (sometimes two adjectives together) in lengthy, convoluted sentences to fill up the page. I found myself falling asleep walking to work almost literally while listening to this book. This had me questioning my lack of intelligence, maybe us commoners folk’ are not up to par with the authors Bushwick ivy-league speak. Gave the book at least 2 hours before calling it quits; how many times does he need to remind the reader that he didn’t smoke cigarettes??

The concept of the book is intriguing, hence why I bought the book. But there are no practical examples on how to actually implement this into your life. Let me save you some time:
Thing we like to do bring us pleasure.
Things we aught to do do not bring us pleasure in the cases he exemplifies.
You’re welcome.

If you want a good book on this thought process & why we make conscious and unconscious decision - read thinking fast and slow.

Shout out to audible for refunding my credit and I implore you not to give into instagrams ad algo for recommending this book. Got me again Bezos & Zuck.

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  • RRambal
  • 24-06-18

Formal text read by monotonous narrator

It's ironic that a book that is supposed to help with motivation and concentration by exploiting the pleasure and displeasure aspects of the brain, uses a narrator that is flat and monotonous and totally displeasing, reading an already way too formal text. I was interested in listening what was being said, but had to keep rewinding because the man kept putting me to sleep... and I was driving!!!! No, really, lost track of what was being said constantly because the narrator is not at all engaging and that paired with such a formal text makes for a very, very boring listen. I will have to re-listen, because on my last drive, I was not able to stay concentrated on the last two chapters. Interesting book though, talks about very common problems for people like me that tend to procrastinate and get distracted with things.

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  • Greg Bryan
  • 11-02-20

Self published BS

It is on me for just seeing this recommended on Audible and clicking without doing my research, but don't fall into the trap I did and waste money or a credit on this book. It is basically a C- term paper self-published by a college student who watched too many video games and jerked off too much and decided to think about it a little. He uses is personal observations–mainly of himself, performed no research, cites no studies, and basically offers undergrad psych 101 level insights that any reasonably insightful person who has ever thought about the issue for a few minutes could have come up with. My guess is more than anything this guy read 4 Hour Workweek or some such marketing book and thought this is a title that will sell and threw together some faux academic sounding musings on procrastination to get it out there in the world as quickly as possible and hook people like me who accidentally trusted Audibles recommendation.

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  • Rob P.
  • 07-02-20

worthless

This book does not deal with anything other than the author's personal experience. It is not based on any science, merely a narrow view by one human. It's a narrow minded approach that offers no real solution other than "just stop doing it".
The narration isn't bad but sadly the narrator is given little to work with due to constant repeated phrases.

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  • Evan Hershey
  • 15-01-20

Just terrible. Avoid this book.

I had the highest hopes going into this, as I am someone with ADHD who fights procrastination on a daily basis, lacking the motivation to start, let alone finish, just about anything I set out to do (unless it’s stimulating enough to hold 100% of my attention, such as video games). That being said, I will absolutely finish this review, because I feel duped and I’m mad. First of all, the writing and the reader’s style almost seem DESIGNED to be the hardest thing to pay attention to that I’ve ever come across. I found myself skipping back so often my finger got sore from pressing the button on my Bluetooth headphones...honestly, one time while listening to this book at the gym, I skipped back 10-15 times just to try to comprehend one point the author seemingly made that I thought I must just not be understanding. I soon realized, however, that in that case and many others throughout the book, I WAS comprehending just fine. The problem was, what being said was simply not compelling or substantial enough to convince me I had listened fully. The entire book feels like one of those click-bait “articles” online that sparks your curiosity with an intriguing title, but then forces you to struggle through to the end to actually get to the reason you clicked in the first place. Only in this case, the payoff never comes and you’re left feeling like ANYTHING would have been more fun than what you just wanted so much of your time doing. That’s about the only good thing that came it, which is hilariously ironic considering what the author repeats over and over and OVER about the pleasure unconscious. Please trust me on this, and look elsewhere for the insight you’re seeking, as I will do now.

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  • EricaE
  • 12-02-18

Good for Psychology Majors

I loved this book as a person with a background in sociology and economics but the average reader would find the scientific nature of the reading a little boring. It's definitely written with the assumption that you have some knowledge of how addiction works and how human motivation works independently of each other. It asks the reader to make some connections that weren't well mapped out. I love the premise of the book but felt it could've been more detailed. Overall, I would recommend it to anyone wondering how to get started on something.

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  • thomas
  • 05-02-18

Procrastination Explained...!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Addiction, Procrastination, and Laziness to be better than the print version?

Audio version is great. The book is great. The audio version is more accessible and can be combined into your day to day activity in a seamless and convenient way. However I like to have both.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Addiction, Procrastination, and Laziness?

Most books on procrastination, laziness etc are somewhat repetitive and focus on the HOW... Strategies and techniques that help you overcome this debilitating, exasperating and depressing condition. Mr Gelperin instead, brilliantly focuses on the WHY... Why do we think the way we do...? And what are the thought processes that control and direct our efforts to be focused, efficient and organized. His explanations immediately shine the bright light of comprehension into the power of the subconscious mind. You think your are in control?? Think again... Friends, I hope this book helps you as much as it has helped me. I'm recommending to my partner, adult daughters and to my staff as an essential read for building a successful career and life.

What about Paul Brion’s performance did you like?

Paul Brion has a great voice for this topic. His tone is engaging, and as his explanations are very clear and direct, it seems as though he is also very engaged in the books message. 5 *

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book has provoked a strong reaction in me. I have felt very motivated and somewhat elated since reading. It has provoked a clear feeling of having made a leap in personal understanding and growth. I was searching for this explanation and it fits perfectly with my situation. So Yes... my reaction has been highly positive with immediate application in my family and business. Can't ask for more!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend.

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  • Julianne S.
  • 22-10-18

good information. hard to stay tuned in

I had a really hard time staying tuned in to the point where he shares the tricks. The delivery is dry and the message is as well. Good techniques!

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  • Jenn
  • 13-03-20

Good Read

Quick and concise.
Good overview with points of reference for further study.
Motivational pick me up!

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  • William
  • 20-12-19

Excellent source of information

The writer explains in a very succinct and clear way how our minds are at the center of our motivations. I am far better equipped to tackle certain issue that have troubled me for nearly my entire life now that I can apply the information that I’ve learned to my own behaviors. Thank you!

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