The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Book - 2012
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Identifies the neurological processes behind behaviors, explains how self-control and success are largely driven by habits, and shares scientifically-based guidelines for achieving personal goals and overall well-being by adjusting specific habits.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012
Characteristics: xx, 371 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400069286 (alk. paper)
1400069289 (alk. paper)
Call Number: 152.33 DUHIGG

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Duhigg identifies the neurological processes behind behaviors, explains how self-control and success are largely driven by habits, and shares scientifically-based guidelines for achieving personal goals and overall well-being by adjusting specific habits.

Identifies the neurological processes behind behaviors, explains how self-control and success are largely driven by habits, and shares scientifically-based guidelines for achieving personal goals and overall well-being by adjusting specific habits.


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2441gisele
Oct 01, 2020

not as great as its reputation.
the book is what it says on the cover"THE POWER" OF HABIT.
the author didn't promise you to show how the habit can be changed.

the fact is, yes, we can talk all we want about HABIT.
how to change it, it is a science still under development.
in this book, it does show one approach-replace old habit with new habit.

and the book is heavy on industry scale habit formation like how we started to brush teeth so much and so on...

the point in this book is told in slow and detailed way.
yes, it can certainly show how powerful is your habit, but if your wish is to know HOW to .. THIS IS NOT AS GOOD AS IT SOUNDS.

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Boych2018
Jul 22, 2020

Well written book on habits - and how they can be positively controlled.

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mkestelman
Mar 22, 2020

Michele Romanoff!!

VaughanPLJaniceA Mar 04, 2020

I love the lessons that taught in this book:
1. Cue, routine, rewards.
2. Change routine, by substituting bad with good.
3. Not easy to change, one needs determination and willpower to change it. (But willpower is not unlimited resources; the book teaches us methods that can help us, e.g. break into “small wins”, plan ahead, join social group / find a friend)
4. Believe we can do it!

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Clark_tonia
Feb 25, 2020

Interesting book on how we learn habits.

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Cathy424
Jan 18, 2020

Basically a series of anecdotes that he interprets to support his hypotheses about habits. No real science. A short appendix reviews a lacklustre way to break a bad habit. Extremely disappointed that I wasted time on this. A friend had highly recommended it.

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Cleofurball
Dec 04, 2019

A book that is more than how to create habits or how to break them. It is why we do the same thing over and over. It will help you evaluate your habits.

ArapahoeMaryA Aug 01, 2019

Who doesn’t have at least a few bad habits? Duhigg’s analysis of habit formation and reformation makes for an interesting and worthwhile read.

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Penguinreader101
Jul 02, 2019

Meh, the habit loop was a good presented idea. Otherwise the rest was more just filler and that was the only idea they had in the book. I know some of what this guy said was opinion based, so not good a science psychology book as you may want it to be

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miketany
Jun 02, 2019

This book provides a deep analysis of how powerful and useful your daily habits are. This can be an eye-opener for people who are curious on why they do some things in a specific order or manner. I think that this book will answer most or all of these questions. Backed by published scientific research and real-life evidence, it proves that our most basic movements and schedules are determined by our habits, not our conscious decisions. The book provides different examples for every different scenario, also indirectly giving you tips for creating good habits for yourself.

I rated this book a 10/10 because of it’s insight on most primitive parts of the human brain. This made me much more conscious of decisions I make throughout the day. I would recommend this book to anyone as this anyone can relate to this.

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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 13, 2019

Habits can be changed, if we understand how they work.

Habits, scientists say, emerge because the brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort.

When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks. So... unless you find new routines—the pattern will unfold automatically.

This explains why habits are so powerful: They create neurological cravings. Most of the time, these cravings emerge so gradually that we’re not really aware they exist, so we’re often blind to their influence. But as we associate cues with certain rewards, a subconscious craving emerges in our brains that starts the habit loop spinning.

That’s why signing kids up for piano lessons or sports is so important. It has nothing to do with creating a good musician or a five-year-old soccer star. When you learn to force yourself to practice for an hour or run fifteen laps, you start building self-regulatory strength.

ALEXIS C SWEARINGEN Jan 18, 2015

"The behaviors that occur unthinkingly are evidence of our truest selves" -Aristotle

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john_doh17
Oct 14, 2015

The book contends that basis of most of our actions are based off of this pattern. Cue-response-reward. When repeated enough these patterns are ingrained into us and become habits. The book contends in chapter 3 that we can't eliminate habits, only replace them. To do this you identify the cue, replace with a new action, and then are rewarded. For example if you have a cookie everyday at 3 PM, you instead go for a walk, you have replaced the bad habit. At the end of the book he explains how to change a habit. 1. Identify the routine 2. experiment with different rewards 3. Isolate the cue 4. Develop a plan to have alternatives somewhere in the path.

Common Cues are: location, time, emotional state, other people, immediately proceeding actions. Experiment (failures will provide feedback) until you change your habit.

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EricaReynolds
Nov 20, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: I enjoyed most of this book a good deal, and found it to be very well-written and helpful, but the final chapter was rather disturbing, and told in vivid detail. It is a little intense, and I wish I would have been better prepared for that. I recommend it, but wish I would have skipped the last chapter. I wouldn't listen to it with children in the car.

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