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This page is for resources about willpower and the psychology of habits on this site. For writing-related resources, please see the Writing page.

Luc has researched willpower, self-motivation, and the psychology of habits intensively for a number of years, and there are hundreds of articles by Luc on this site about those subjects. Here are some ways to delve into them.

Complete post listing, by category

The Willpower Engine Getting Started Guide

Mental schemas and schema therapy: listing of all schemas, with links

All About Broken Ideas and Idea Repair

With black belt Gordon White:

With entrepreneur and writer Nancy Fulda

Recommended Books

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High

Deeper Than Reason: Emotion and Its Role in Literature, Music, and Art

The Definitive Book of Body Language

Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart

The Feeling Good Handbook

Getting Things Done

A Guide to Rational Living

Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life


Stumbling on Happiness

Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives


  1. Sushama  •  Mar 15, 2011 @8:45 am

    Hi Luc,

    I have been reading ‘Willpower Engine’ for over a year now and very much enjoy you articles on willpower and mental schemas. I am sure I have also benefited from your brilliant work.

    Even though I appreciate your idea of combining your websites, I must tell you I terribly miss ‘Wpower Engine’. I am not a person who is likely to write a book any time soon and so the articles on writing do not appeal to me. I simply get lost in this new version of your blog. I’m sure many of your readers feel the same. You are probably targeting at two completely different sets of audience through one website. Wonder if there is a possibility of segregating them on the same site.

    Just sharing my views. Good Luck!


  2. Luc  •  Mar 15, 2011 @8:54 am

    Hi Sushama,

    Thanks very much for this comment: I think you’re right, and have been thinking about how to do this. I think what I’ll be doing is adding a page at an address like and another one at so that people interested in those two subjects can see just the blog posts on those subjects and subscribe to them. It will take a little work, but not very much. I really appreciate you commenting: it helps me see that the idea I have about how people use the site is probably more or less on target for some readers.


  3. Sushama  •  Mar 17, 2011 @8:48 am

    I am sure your idea will work. Thanks for the reply.


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