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maybe not as scientific of focused as i hoped
maybe, not as scientific of focused as i hoped,
ok not great
I enjoyed listening as a the narration is well done and the book is extremely interesting. I would highly recommend it if this type of non-fiction topic runs up your alley. This is one of my favorite audiobooks.
I have learned on how to positively progress in issues of every day life. I have enjoyed learning how to create new positive habits and abandon old negative ones.
I/we have habit....LOTS of habits and this has made me look at them with an different understanding. There are some that we can change and some we choose not too. Take a chance, read this book you will enjoy it.
The book is so thought provoking that I put it aside after finishing about 70%. No point moving forward without assimilating and applying what has already been learned. A great book.
yes I would learn more each time I listen to the book.
learning about the Q's the routines and the rewards. the other big moment is learning about Keystone habits.
Great voice and pace.
Real change for America.
The power of Habit is an insiders guide to our inner programming and wiring. it explains in easy to understand terms what drives us and how the things that we should be doing differ from the things we end up doing.
The first 2/3 of the book are easy to listen to and captivating while the last part requires some perseverance.
This book has the potential to teach you how to change your life. Changing life-long habits IS possible regardless at what stage of life one is at.
There have been several studies within science education on the effect of misconceptions in classrooms. Students are often taught basic tenets of science. Later, they rely on their previous conceptions or shift scientific explanations to fit their previous conceptions. While reading The Power of Habit I wondered if some of these misconceptions that students fail to abandon might be part of habit loops. Similar to Eugene’s habit of selecting correct tiles he did not remember, do students unconsciously select their previous conceptions, despite being aware that they may be illogical, by habit?
This book is a compilation of how habits affect people’s lives and businesses positively and negatively. Duhigg (2012) discusses how biology and different sections of the brain are involved in creating habits. He also explains why some people do things subconsciously.
I became aware of habit loops I should create for myself and my family. While cleaning, I always go in a different order, and I always forget something, or get frustrated and stop half-way through. As I read this book, I started to create lists to help me establish the habit loop I wanted to see completed. I wrote these on post-it notes and stuck them inside cabinet doors to follow.
Great provocative read.
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Enjoyable. The book presents a framework of understanding how habits work, and serves as a guide to show how to change habits.
Duhigg generously provides diverse examples to explain the habit loop. The examples range from personal experiences, such as depression/addiction (alcohol, gambling, overeating, etc) and memory-loss. And yet, some of the success stories got on my nerves at a certain point. I was a tad annoyed, early in the book, that he draws inspiration from the US Military and the ways through which habits are instilled in soldiers. Moreover, he includes a section on radio/music, concluding that the reason Outkast’s “Hey Ya” turned out to be such a hit despite the public’s initial disdain is because “the unfamiliar was made to seem familiar” through playing it with familiar songs. “If you dress a new something in an old habit," he explains, "it is easier for the public to accept it.” (Which public?)
He brings examples from sports games, shopping malls (like target) and coffee chains (like Starbucks) and others markets like Alcoa and Febreeze to display how the habit loop works. He mentions that "companies predict and manipulate habits” and briefly remarks on how some customers do not like to be spied on for marketing purposes, yet it still seems as though Duhigg uses his examples as success stories. He does not seem to mind the data-mining and tracking of records or ethical standards so much, and focuses instead on how to make success out of this “secret”. [Speaking of which, did you know pregnant women are the biggest shoppers?] I was a little taken-aback by his corporate-success-mindedness and the ways in which he measures success. This would be a little too similar to the mind-set one finds in other self-help books, although I was hoping this one would be different. Unfortunately, most of these types of books seem to promote the sensation of becoming a driven, ambitious, goal-oriented, go-get-‘em tiger. I couldn’t help escape the idea that this man partly measures success by a person’s pay-check and exercise regimen.
That said, the book does have interesting viewpoints, particularly those related to how habits shape up societies. His take on habits within communities was eye-opening: He defines community as a giant collection of habits occurring among thousands of people that, depending on how they’re influenced, could result in violence or peace.
He takes the example of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama in 1955, and states that it was not just an act of defiance that sparked the boycott, but that the successful boycott was also due to her varying and influential social circles. In this section, as in other sections, attention is given to the importance of social standing, which comes with obligations. Apparently, it is not just our friends who strengthen our social networks, but the friends of our friends [“weak ties”] too have a role in improving our chances for finding employment and improve our social standing.
One of the integral points that will stand out for me from this book is that our actions are developed into habits when we stop thinking about them consciously. We just do them. Hence, we rebuild and transform them. Changing, or building, the most simple habit could have a direct impact on our mortal life. “However," Duhigg warns, "there isn’t one formula. Individuals are different, habits are different, and cravings are different. What this book aspires to do is create a framework of understanding how a habit works, and serve as a guide to show how to change it.”
This book makes you think about the automated nature of our actions. If we can learn to be more deliberate, the possibilities are endless. The Power of Habit is the beginning to gaining an understanding of how to do that.