This book is two chapters of poorly researched and explained content. The remainder is a series of filler topics that play fast and loose with any interpretation or metaphor of the word habit. Institutions and society apparently have habits worth discussing even though they appear to lack basal ganglia. The wandering nature of the subjects caused by stretching a report into a book did not apparently aid in finding backing anecdotes with more than a tenuous connection to their already off topic focus. Duhigg doesn't so much as 'view other concepts through the lens of habit', as much as he 'brutally hammers them through such a lens'. Stories start as an example of some other topic like will power, organizational training, group dysfunction, analysis of customer purchases. Then, those stories finish with no clue as to why they're in this book, until Duhigg wraps it all up with a bait and switch sentence where the word 'HABIT' is incongruously inserted in place of the actual topic, almost like he's trying to convince himself. Perhaps the most offensive example is shoehorning the story of Civil Rights Movement icon Rosa Parks into evidence of the 'power of habit'. I have to (just barely) paraphrase, "Rosa Parks was successful in her civil disobedience where others before had failed because she had a community of friends, and friends are a habit." Fuck you Duhigg.
This "book" has all the intellectual dishonesty of a Malcolm Gladwell piece minus the cushioning grace of compelling storytelling.
Eye opening Life changing Impowering
Fabulous , you felt like he wrote the book.
Hope for positive change and the hows and whys.
I enjoying hearing of studies that science does and how I can exam and possibly apply to my own life.
The old saying comes to life in this book. Watch Your Thoughts, They Become Words; Watch Your Words, They Become Actions. This book opened up to me that I can change my life by recognizing that my thoughts will become habits. and then my life. 2 years ago I read it and changed my eating eating and exercise lost over 80 lbs. Those habits became my lifestyle now I'm reading again to tackle old habits
My second read (listen) because of the positive results it has brought tin my life.
love the research, but it lingers on a few too long...but would recommend
I enjoyed him
I have friends who are stuck in the so-called Habbit-Loop. I don't think I'd recommend the book to them, I'd probably just spout out all the information I learned from it.
I found that the first few chapters and the last 20 minutes were the most important parts of the book. The rest of it was basically just stories which stressed the ideas presented early on. You could pretty much get the bulk of the message in the book through a simple summary of the ideas, so long as your open to trying the suggestions presented in the book. Overall the book was well narrated and had some interesting topics, but there was a large chunk in the beginning dedicated to talking about American Football which annoyed me to no end.
Yes, this book was very informative, educational and entertaining. A must read and multiple times!
I loved the explanation of how we form and retain habits and how the marketing, music and pretty much every industry is using this more and more to their advantage.
I believe the story of the older man who lost his memory and how his wife stood by his side and due to the power of habit she was able to help him be normal somewhat with building new habits for him to have some independence again.
I have learned how the brain is capturing and remembering data. I will use this daily.
Great insights into the substance of mind and power of habit. Told through stories and good presentations of studies. A good listen!
Not sure. Now that I know the way he presents his findings I would have to be very interested in the topic. As for Chamberlain no strong opinion one way or the other.
Very easy to follow. Basic and intuitive. Nothing really unexpected or new.
I give him credit because the content does not lend itself for too much creativity.
From 1 to 10? No more than a 6
Realizing how much of our life we live based on habit made me realize how much I really miss of my life. This book was like a wake up call in part. O another hand it made me think about what are the habits I have in my daily life, and what are the ones that are bad and really want to change. I managed to quit smoking and make a habit out of keeping my house clean every day. My house now looks prettier. And I smell nicer.
Very good narration
This book can be used as a self development tool or just as another book to read. If you decide to use it as a self development tool it has a lot to offer. If you decide to use it as just another book to read, you will find out a lot of new things about how habits work. Either way, I enjoyed it.