I expected more self help and less stories. Although the stories are supposed to be examples, the didn't actually cover the lesson on how to change habbits which I was looking for.
Good reader, and many interesting stories about persons whose injuries allow a closer examination of those parts of the brain that control habits and other behaviors. And some of the other stories well researched (London Subway Fire, Rosa Parks boycott, etc,) and were interesting.
No. This is a collection of stories looking for a theme. In fact, it seems like he had to work hard to find a theme to fit his stories. The longer I read, the thinner the connection.
In the final section, the author sets up a comparison between two individuals (a sleep walker who killed his wife and a gambler who spent all her family's money) and set up a red herring suggesting that habits out of their control forced their actions and they should have been treated equally. The weakness in the argument was so apparent that it was just irritating when he finally came around to make the obvious case that the gambler had many opportunities for intervention and the sleepwalker who acted once. So while I learned some things about habits early in the book and then listened to some interesting stories in the middle, the longer the book went, the more it became obvious that anything in this author's world could be easily explained--and included in--a book about habits.
Learn good habits. The author gave a great overview of how habits are formed, how they affect our daily lives and how we can work to change them when they are not good. He offers real life examples of good and bad habits.
Read with feeling, easy to listen to.
If you want to understand why you repeat behaviors you don't want to or why you fail to do what you want to do, this book can help.
This book consists of a dozen of case studies presented in a story telling manner. While It is true that research papers provide you with all the information you probably need, but where is the fun in that?
The beauty of novelistic case studies is that they involve you in the process, you find yourself analyzing and interpreting, growing your perception; and not just that, they are also very entertaining, you find your hands glued to the book (craving) for more.
Duhigg has broke some stories up, stopping one to start another and then coming back to it later, which made the stories even more exciting.
The stories have bits of neurology, psychology, sociology, and marketing in them, not too much though, just the right amount.
Wish it would have given more specifics on all the methods to create and change habits. Gave too many habit stories that didn't feel like I connected with.
This was a really interesting look at how a habit is created and maintained, how marketers use our habits against us, how organizations can change their employees' habits to change the business culture, how and why we make certain decisions that result in habits, how habits are changed and broken, and how important a single decision can be.
I really enjoyed this book and I will use several points from it. The most important concept that I gained is the importance of single, momentary decisions and their relation to addictions. I will forever remember the story of the housewife who gambled for the first time on a personal vacation and became an addict. I will also remember that one of the best ways to break a bad habit is to replace it with a new habit that is healthier and that fulfills the same basic needs as the old habit. Decisions made in advance of a bad situation as to how to react to a given temptation have so much power. Charles Duhigg uses the example of the Starbucks training model to illustrate this concept very clearly.
Mike Chamberlain did a decent job of narrating, but I found him a bit slow, so I listened at 2x speed.
I'm not going to pretend that this book will change your life in five minutes or help you out of an addiction, but it will certainly give you pointers about how to change at least a few thought patterns that you want to change. And as the author illustrates throughout the book, one small change at a time can lead to big change.
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.
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,
Yes, 'The Power of Habit' is worth another listen as it's dense enough with information I'm sure I missed something.
The narrator, Mike Chamberlain, has a very authentic delivery and one would believe that he has faith in the material.
It's fairly straightforward, pay attention to your habits and modify them to serve you better. Piggybacking on to an existing habit is your surest way of succeeding in the altered behaviour.
'The Power of Habit' is similar to 'Think & Grow Rich' and 'The Secret' but gives case studies from the business world, sports, medicine and other reliable sources.
Showing us how to change our own habit behavior.
I purchased this book so that I could see about changing my own habits. This book drones on with example after example of how habits are formed but really says nothing about changing them. This book reads like someone thesis project in college including adding extra text to make the book thicker. Examples that could be written in about a paragraph go on and one for ever. Case studies that are 45 mins long just to make one small example.
I usually force myself to listen to a book all the way through. I was about 75% done with this book when I just had to stop listening. I found myself in traffic yelling "Get on with it" and "ok I get the concept" I picked a few useful ideas up but it could have been a small informational flyer and not a book.