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But not riveting. I enjoyed this well written excellently research book. I was not star struck, but pleased like a blind date with a beautiful intelligent woman you know does not find you attractive, but you have to pay the check anyway.
Finally a book that explains the habit cycle. Duhigg explains from a scientific view point and a practical view point on how and why habits occur and why they can be hard to change. Duhigg gives many examples of the habit cycle and ways to change a habit.
This book had a very good message that I took away from it, however there was way more boring stories that strayed from the actual meaning of it. I feel like I wasted a lot of time for not much reward.
Also, I hate football and I feel like half of the book used football references that I did not understand.
I felt he commingled topics simply to broaden his "target market" for this book. His sections on INDIVIDUAL habits & connection to "how the brain works" were very good and well researched. ORGANIZATIONAL habits bring-in the business/professional crowd, but the content is far more anecdotal and only vaguely related. SOCIETAL habits are also interesting, but vaguely related. This book really addresses selective topics in human behavior, loosely aligned to the term "habit". I would have preferred a more consistent focus, and more information on managing/improving personal habits.
In general, the author is a good story-teller. It's interesting & fun.
Yes, he was fairly good.
This book made me reevaluate the way that I think and act entirely. It may be the single biggest "lifehack" I have entertained.
The last few chapters also not only made me cry, but have helped me to see people in a way that is much more patient and compassionate.
If you are generally interested in the subject of habit, and in how it's been used to change behavior in groups, and how they can be manipulated, this may be the book you are looking for. I was personally looking for something a bit more tailored toward affecting one's personal habits.
This array of meandering anecdotes does throw some scraps in that regard, but offers no concise program or outline for how one might go about changing or improving one's habits. I don't know why it still surprises me to find so many five star reviews and outside recommendations for books like this that essentially offer nothing new, nor anything solid to work with. I do have a new appreciation for how product manufacturers are able to foist their latest and greatest on the populace. Who knew that the tingling in toothpaste, and foaming of shampoo were simply unnecessary "rewards" designed to incentivise consumers?
I will say the narration is pleasant and easy to listen to, which means very little given the lack of any cogent self improvement component.