Linda McDonald, LCSW, will lead an 8-week seminar based on The Willpower Instinct, by Kelly McGonigal, an excellent book about how self-control works, why it matters, and what you can do to get more of it. Participants will experiment with various strategies including a simple meditation process, and will learn how our beliefs about will-power (such as seeing it as a virtue) often sabotage our good intentions. The author includes recent findings from neuroscience and field-tested techniques that can be applied to any willpower challenge such as managing time well, eating in a healthier way, getting more sleep or exercise, losing weight, worrying less, or resisting a temptation. Her engaging writing style includes humor. To get a preview of what you will learn and practice in this seminar, please check out this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_b5VfeGloo 

The seminar will meet weekly, Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. in the Gambrell Room, Scheide Hall October 30th – December 4th (skipping Thanksgiving week), and will continue in January or February. The cost, billed to student accounts is $5/session for those in the SHBP and $7 otherwise, so $25 or $35 for the five, fall sessions. Financial aid is available for anyone who could not attend otherwise. You will need to buy or share a book. Register in the Office of Student Counseling, Scheide Hall by October 25th.