Say you want to start going to the gym or practicing a musical instrument. How long should it take before you stop having to force it and start doing it automatically? The surprising answers are found in Making Habits, Breaking Habits, a leading psychologist’s popular examination of one of the most powerful and underappreciated processes in the brain. Although people like to think that they are in control, the vast majority of human behavior occurs without any decision-making or conscious thought.
Drawing on hundreds of fascinating studies, psychologist Jeremy Dean busts the myths to finally explain why seemingly easy habits, like eating an apple a day, can be surprisingly difficult to form, and how to take charge of your brain’s natural "autopilot" to make any change stick.
Witty and intriguing, Making Habits, Breaking Habits shows how behavior occurs more than just a product of what you think. It is possible to bend your habits to your will - and be happier, more creative, and more productive.
©2013 Jeremy Dean (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC
"Making changes does take longer than we may expect - no 30-day, 30-pounds-lighter quick fix - but by following the guidelines laid out by Dean, listeners have a decent chance at establishing fulfilling, new patterns." (Kirkus Reviews)
"An accessible and informative guide for listeners to take control of their lives." (Publishers Weekly)
The author makes it very clear that he hates the idea of quick and easy permanent change books and theories. In a way he is so outspoken about how difficult and how long new habits take to become established that it almost makes it seem "why even try?".
This book is filled with information and data from many, many research studies. It is a bit dry at times and often discouraging as well. I agree with several other reviewers that it was unnecessarily long winded in parts. All that said--I think the author is correct that the quick fixes and fantasy ideas presented in other books are really not helpful in the end. Far better to know up front what you are up against when you are trying to build positive or eliminate negative habits. Forget about the notion of "21 days to a new you". Think instead about 300 plus days instead!
At times I felt overwhelmed by too much information and too much negativity over all. Plus the overview of when habits become mental illness was pretty dark. To me, a very sobering look at change and the underbelly of habits.
The book does contain helpful points and methods. Just don't expect a positive and upbeat listening experience. A serious book about habits.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
I've a few habits I want to go away and a few that I'd like to add. This book held my attention nicely, helped me understand a few things I didn't and gave me a kick in the right direction. It feels like it is well researched, the voice engaging and some interesting supportive examples. It feels like attending a 200 level psychology college class with a good professor. I got it on sale and it was well worth the few bucks I spent.
I purchase unabridged audiobooks expecting that NOTHING is left out of the book and that it is truly unabridged. So when I come to a point in the book where the narrator says "described in detail below" (Seriously? Are you not aware there is no "below" to an audio recording?) I am instantly disappointed. In this case, I found the first such instance in the 9th chapter after the description of the WOOP process. At that point, I determined to stop reading and return the audiobook. Will purchase the kindle version instead.
I am personal development junkie looking to increase my overall experience in this beautiful world we live in!!!!
I have two gripes with this book; First, the author uses a ton of psychological theories and examples to back up his points. There isn't anything inherently wrong with this, however, by about the 3/4 mark the studies were getting boring and I fully understood that he did his research without needing to listen it. Second, although I found this book quite interesting it was quite repetitive. The idea of changing our habits is quite complex, however, it could have been summed up without needing to beat the same ideas and concepts over and over.
The guy reading the book felt a little dramatic at first and the content of this particular book does not call for it. By the end though, I really enjoyed his reading style.
We are less in control of our habits and behaviours than we think.
This book is a fascinating look into why people do what they do. It gives great insight into our own personal habits, as well as those of other people. For anyone looking to learn more about why people make the choices they make, this book is a wonderful place to look.
I honestly felt very motivated/empowered after reading this book, but in the same breath, I've heard most of this before.
There were very few unique concepts in this book; it seems that if you've read one, you've read them all. I didn't enjoy it any less because the concepts were a repeat for me, it's always nice to be reminded of them, and to have them fresh in your mind. It's a good book, especially if it's the first one you've read on the topic!
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits" describes what it takes to form new habits and how to optimize success along the way. The book takes on the 21 day "rule of thumb" that is so often referred to (hint: while it varies based on the habit type, the 21-day parameter generally isn't correct). What I found especially useful is how Dr. Dean describes actionable ways one can increase the likelihood of successful habit forming, by habit type. He also reinforces the concept that multiple small changes can add up to big benefits. This book is a worthwhile listen for anyone trying to develop or reinforce habits, whether it's stopping smoking, eating healthier, exercising more routinely, etc.
Always strive for an open mind.
The objectiveness, the worldly points of view; examining all sides of the matter in a very convincing and mind-opening way.
"We need the habit to raise above itself."
Hopefully the one regarding happy habits....
Excellent performance! A great listen that has left me with many inspiring and hopeful thoughts.
Good storyteller, fun to listen to Jeremy enjoyed the book and will listen to this book again. Thank you for your inside hope you have a continuation on how to break habits two!
I own & listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & hopefully are helpful as well.
Book provides steps you can take to create new habits and stop bad ones. For example, you need to practice (do it repetitively) to form habits. Make it part of your routine. Make sure it's something you can commit to. If your ultimate goal seems unattainable, you can start out small to make it easy and build it from there once you have formed a new baseline. Also form a plan of how you will implement (set aside the time, for example, and set a trigger... like I'll exercise daily in the morning right after I wake up). Sean Pratt's narration is clear, well paced, and keeps your interest.
Making Habits, Breaking Habits is a very helpful book. Jeremy shared just enough research to support his beliefs; I didn't feel overwhelmed by percentages and data which was nice. I think the book is good for someone interested in changing their behavior and someone who needs a lot of tips and tricks to get there. I have learned that I'm stronger than I thought and that it is better for me to just change my mindset versus using tricks to slowly make a change. If you feel you can't grasp the concept of "Decide to be different and do it" this book will be a good first step for you as it eases you into the process of change. Although this book wasn't the kind of thing I needed to be the new person that I am today, the positive is that it helped me realize I didn't need to crawl before I walked. It was a good listen and again, helpful for someone who prefers a path of change that involves a lot of tricks and guidance. I gave it 4 stars because Jeremy keeps you interested, shared some great research and wrote a great book for those looking for tricks to change themselves.
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