TagLast edit: 2 Sep 2020 6:51 UTC by Kaj_Sotala

Willpower is the ability to overcome urges to do or not some activity– to overcome temptation. Typically there is a sense of coercing oneself to do things despite inner resistance.

Willpower is of interest those who wish to increase their productivity or otherwise do more thing that they wish to be done. The question then is “how does one increase willpower?”

There is an argument that the use of willpower is undesirable. The use of willpower my constitute a form of inner violence which is in tension with inner alignment of one’s parts– a better path to productivity and wellbeing.

Related: Akrasia


Toward A Bayesian The­ory Of Willpower

Scott Alexander26 Mar 2021 2:33 UTC
91 points
28 comments6 min readLW link

Self-em­pa­thy as a source of “willpower”

Academian26 Oct 2010 14:20 UTC
68 points
31 comments2 min readLW link

Hero Licensing

Eliezer Yudkowsky21 Nov 2017 21:13 UTC
167 points
83 comments52 min readLW link

Willpower De­ple­tion vs Willpower Distraction

Academian15 Jun 2014 18:29 UTC
108 points
25 comments2 min readLW link

Spam­ming Micro-In­ten­tions to Gen­er­ate Willpower

moridinamael13 Feb 2018 20:16 UTC
33 points
23 comments3 min readLW link

Policy-Based vs Willpower-Based Intentions

Unreal28 Feb 2019 5:17 UTC
56 points
14 comments4 min readLW link

Willpower Hax #487: Ex­e­cute by Default

Eliezer Yudkowsky12 May 2009 6:46 UTC
57 points
59 comments1 min readLW link

Willpower: not a limited re­source?

Jess_Riedel25 Oct 2010 12:06 UTC
39 points
28 comments1 min readLW link

When Willpower Attacks

jimrandomh3 Oct 2009 3:36 UTC
22 points
77 comments3 min readLW link

Mo­ral­ity is not about willpower

PhilGoetz8 Oct 2011 1:33 UTC
20 points
146 comments13 min readLW link

Does Think­ing Hard Hurt Your Brain?

Raemon29 Apr 2018 18:56 UTC
18 points
38 comments1 min readLW link

My Ham­mer­time Fi­nal Exam

moridinamael22 Mar 2018 18:40 UTC
16 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

Chaotic Inversion

Eliezer Yudkowsky29 Nov 2008 10:57 UTC
75 points
67 comments1 min readLW link

Ap­plied Picoeconomics

Scott Alexander17 Jun 2009 16:08 UTC
59 points
86 comments4 min readLW link

Akra­sia and Shangri-La

Eliezer Yudkowsky10 Apr 2009 20:53 UTC
48 points
97 comments2 min readLW link

The AI Align­ment Prob­lem Has Already Been Solved(?) Once

SquirrelInHell22 Apr 2017 13:24 UTC
47 points
45 comments4 min readLW link

Study: Mak­ing de­ci­sions makes you tired

bgrah44919 Feb 2010 20:27 UTC
31 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] What is the state of the ego de­ple­tion field?

Eli Tyre9 Aug 2019 20:30 UTC
25 points
11 comments1 min readLW link

Flashes of Nondecisionmaking

lionhearted27 Jan 2014 14:30 UTC
44 points
34 comments3 min readLW link

Willpower duality

Gyrodiot20 Jan 2017 9:56 UTC
10 points
8 comments2 min readLW link

Book Sum­mary: Willpower by Baumeister, Tierney

Dorikka24 May 2012 23:34 UTC
36 points
27 comments2 min readLW link

The Phys­iol­ogy of Willpower

pjeby18 Jun 2009 4:11 UTC
25 points
36 comments1 min readLW link

[Link] Dilbert au­thor tries to try

MileyCyrus12 Sep 2011 16:24 UTC
35 points
20 comments1 min readLW link

Notes on Self Con­trol (Con­ti­nence)

David_Gross9 Nov 2020 21:27 UTC
5 points
0 comments6 min readLW link