The studies, themselves, were pretty good and interesting. However, the writing itself got a little repetitive, going over the points over and over again. I also disliked the spreading out of the lead story of each chapter, structurally.
The facts presented were a bit reductive. Both Habit and Culture are a bit more complex than presented. I guess for a layman, the book is good, but for someone looking to delve into the subject of habit as a psychological function then it falls short.
What the book actually does is explain habit to a layman and a bit about what makes them form, and so on. It's not self-help. It is not highly academic. In trying to make it simpler it does make a few minor factual errors. Culture is not a series of habits. And Habit is more complex than just culture. Separate things.
For that, I removed two stars. I liked the reading a lot though. It was very well done and pleasant to listen to.
1) Awful - I couldn't wait for the book to end. I don't understand why this book rated so highly. Basil ganglia aside, the book DOES NOT fulfill its promise of explaining Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. His central premise is that most of what we do is on autopilot, so were not responsible for our actions. When Charles Duhigg run out of things to say about what Neanderthals we all are, he meanders into database marketing and rails against the gaming industry. Ridiculous. sophomoric snival.
2) Boring - The points are often so drawn out that you think to yourself, does the author have to spell out ever detail as if he's talking to a 3 year old about staying away from the hot stove?
3) Predictable - I could have cut out half the book and knew exactly as much. I actually felt less intelligent when I finished this book.
4) Regrettable - Regret that I spent all that time listening. I kept thinking there must be some redeeming value, so I kept reading. No such luck. The book was a disaster from page 1 clear through to the end. It reminds me of the CHILDHOOD FAIRYTALE of the Emperor who had no clothes. This emperor HAS NOT INFORMATION WORTH READING.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky
The Power of Habit is a very interresting book. It's title says much about it. It is about the good and bad habits we acquire during our lives, the psychology and physiology behind them, put in a way anyone can understand.
The main idea behind it is that our lives to a great extent is made of habits, and most of the time we are only partially aware of them. So we live our lives happily or perhaps not so much, reacting to cues and not being able to get out of a nasty reinforcing vicious circle. How did you react the last time your better half came nagging at you? Did the quarrel resemble all the others?
The book by itself is a good listen but if you take what you learn here and apply to your personal life, you can probably change or get rid of the habits you dislike in yourself. Although I'm not entirely sure it would be useful in modifying someone else's behavior, since people would probably feel like Lab rats. It might be worth trying,
I have listened to over about 100 books, so that is a tough one. I will say that I absolutely enjoyed this book because it offered a point of view backed by science and I was not expecting the book to be more of a learning experience. I was expecting a bit of self help. I was pleasantly surprised. Loved it!
I learned to take moments and observe why I do what I do. This is very useful!
The small little facts that you use in everyday life.
it didnt feel like a business book. he had a nice pace for the book that made it enjoyable
I wouldn't say one sitting but it is interesting for someone with a long commute daily.
Great lessons. I love learning by example, however it should be mentioned that this book is a compilation of examples for which the reader can read through.
Yes. For anyone wanting to gain a greater understanding of habits and why we do what we do, and how to modify your habits from bad to good, this is a great read to get you started.
Habits are incredibly powerful and determine most of how you go about your day. You have bad habits and good habits. It is possible to modify bad habits to turn them into good, healthy habits, but it is tough. Habits linger and can be triggered. The key is to identify the trigger.
I am a life long learner who likes to think differently.
Yes, because it is simple in its explanation of a complicated topic.
I loved the chapter about ALCOA and Tony Dungy.
I coach a team and we will start to write our goals down every week.
I am self-absorbed and...oh wait this isn't an e-mail to my therapist. hehe I love the Science and Technology section here, it's my favorite. I hope to write my reviews at least well enough to peek the interest of a few listeners to the point where they will shift their tastes more toward educational literature, knowing that(after receiving some insight from me) they can be just as entertaining, if not more so than mainstream fiction
Learning that there are malleable behaviors that I previously found untenable.
The referencing of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky's work.
Inflections that make it a quicker understanding in particular sections.
I went into this not wanting to use it as a method of changing habit, but came out convinced I can reduce consumption using what I have heard here!
This is a perfectly sound scientific book. I suggest everyone purchase this. Not only will it open your mind to new ideas, it will lead you in the right direction for future picks.
I love (audio)books.
Great book! I learned about keystone habit shift, transforming a habit, why habit is impotant, how to fight the habit, look for cues for a habbit to enter and whow they influence behavior, habit loops, rewards, cravings, Phelp's Mental visualization, self discipline and will power, goals settings, ...
I enjoyed it a lot. Three days and it was gone.
I looked at my life-- my mistakes and the wright doings. And i had to agree with the author. Habits matter more than we know.
I am a technical software executive with a passion for fantasy, self improvement and action literature. As life forced itself on me I found less and less time to read so when I found audible it was a great match! I listen mostly in the car or while walking the dog. I can tell I'm listening to a great book when I find myself volunteering to run errands or walk the dog for the third time that day.
Some of the information in this book is insightful on a personal level. However, on a business level the stories and examples, while interesting, did not relate to the subject of habits. After the first few chapters, it appeared more like a collection of stories loosely related than a single book working toward a recommendation/conclusion/summary.
Not sure I would recommend.