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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 psychologist's popular examination of one of the most powerful and under-appreciated processes in the mind. Although people like to think 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 psychologist's popular examination of one of the most powerful and under-appreciated processes in the mind. Although people like to think that they are in control, much 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 is 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.


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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 psychologist's popular examination of one of the most powerful and under-appreciated processes in the mind. Although people like to think 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 psychologist's popular examination of one of the most powerful and under-appreciated processes in the mind. Although people like to think that they are in control, much 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 is 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.

30 review for Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick

  1. 4 out of 5

    January

    Things I learned, with my notes in parenthesis: Habits are often formed not from intention, but from sheer repetition of the first coincidental occurrence, for instance driving a specific route. (Just another reason to be intentional in every action we do, especially new ones.) Friendships are mostly activity-based, not attitude-based. Therefore, your habits create your social circles and the extent of your socializing. (So join some clubs and get some friends!) Habits are contextual. (So to break Things I learned, with my notes in parenthesis: Habits are often formed not from intention, but from sheer repetition of the first coincidental occurrence, for instance driving a specific route. (Just another reason to be intentional in every action we do, especially new ones.) Friendships are mostly activity-based, not attitude-based. Therefore, your habits create your social circles and the extent of your socializing. (So join some clubs and get some friends!) Habits are contextual. (So to break a habit, take yourself out of that context. For instance, want to replace your Starbucks latte with a smoothie? Take a different route to work and stop by the smoothie cafe.) Habits can take up to 50% of our daily life. (So, they're a serious force to be reckoned with in your life. Control your habits and half of your day is set.) The first step to changing a habit is noticing what your currently doing. Since habits are contextual, the best way to create a new habit is to create an if-then intention—if I reach an elevator, I will take the stairs. Another way to create a new habit is to link it to a regular event, say arriving at work, or lunchtime. Or, link it to another habit that's already ingrained. Coping planning—identify scenarios where you will be tempted to abandon your new habit and plan your behavior now. Research shows that rewards do not work in creating a new habit. A habit should be performed for its intrinsic value for the best sticking power. To get rid of existing bad habits, thought suppression works initially, but will eventually make it harder to break the habit, since it constantly reminds you of the thing you're trying to avoid, for instance smoking. The best way to break an old habit is to replace it with a new one, mapping the old situations you performed that habit to the new habit. Ways to make your new habit stick: - pre-commitment: make plans or restrictions for your future self, for instance leaving a game console at a friend's (to reduce gaming) or signing up for an exercise class - think positive: think about the reasons and benefits for changing and the positives of your new habit - self-affirmations: thinking about your good traits has been scientifically shown to increase levels of willpower, even if the traits have nothing to do the new habit - change the situation that cued the original habit - environmental cues: like notes or moving the alarm click out of reach Creativity is the escape from habitual ways of thinking. (thinking outside the box.) Creativity can be increased by: - introducing constraints. - spending time pondering the problem ahead of time - cutting out details and replacing with general words, images or concepts in order to see the larger problem - create spatial or temporal distance from the problem to get in a different frame of mind Happiness habits, such as a favorite hobby or gratitude journal, can lose their effect over time, since we adapt quickly to new emotional changes or new life situations. A solution is variety within that habit, for instance a new biking route, or doing the habit at different times or days. Savoring is an important way to fight happiness numbness. Ways to savor: - show you emotion - celebrate achievements with others - being present in the moment - positive mental time travel Other ways to produce happiness: - committing acts of kindness - working out how to use personal strengths Some happiness habits can lead to new experiences and open new potential. Some lead to dead ends and merely become habitual. The trick is figure out which is which.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adam Crossley

    Every once in a while you come across a book that changes your life. This is one of those books. It calmly and clearly lays out what research says about habits and then systematically explains how to incorporate this research into improving your life. I found several gems that I immediately incorporated into how I operate. In particular the section about recognizing what cues will prompt you to break your habit and creating "if...then..." statements that prepare yourself to respond to that cue in Every once in a while you come across a book that changes your life. This is one of those books. It calmly and clearly lays out what research says about habits and then systematically explains how to incorporate this research into improving your life. I found several gems that I immediately incorporated into how I operate. In particular the section about recognizing what cues will prompt you to break your habit and creating "if...then..." statements that prepare yourself to respond to that cue in a way that supports your desired change. Instantly useful for me! What I most appreciated was the tone. That is captured in this quote; "“The true aim of personal change is to turn our minds away from miracle cures and quick fixes, and adopt a long-term strategy. Habit change isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. The right mindset is to wake up tomorrow almost exactly the same person, except for one small change—a small change that you can replicate every day until you don’t notice it anymore, at which point it’s time to plan another small change . . .” There are excellent chapters on a variety of habits that research indicates people find rewarding such as, creativity, eating better, exercising. He references "The How of Happiness" in the happiness chapter, which is an astoundingly helpful and well written book as well. There is an excellent chapter on depressive thinking habits. Yes depression is heavily based on habitual thinking. It was so clear and precise that I typed out notes to help myself internalize it. They are below. Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in improving their lives, and understanding how to realistically plan and carry out that process. - There is a very consistent process to depressive thinking habits. - It is much more efficient to replace a depressing thought or obsessive action with a different thought or action. Just trying to stop has a very low success ratio. Instead replace. - Negative thought loops take specific events and extrapolate them into the following conclusions: - This is all my fault - It will never get better - I can’t do anything about it - These kinds of thoughts are exactly what I want to be aware of as soon as they arise. They can be replaced. - Stuff happens sometimes. It’s one of those things. - This is only temporary - I can learn from this - Rumination on problems is strongly linked with insanity. - Overthinking patterns - illusion of fixing but not really going anywhere - Black and White thinking: If I’m not perfect, I’m a failure. Thinking of all the things I’ve done wrong and ruminating on how I should’ve done better. - Personalization: Bad things that happen are all my fault. Thinking of all the ways I made poor decisions that led to this point. - Catastrophizing: Little evidence to draw huge conclusions about self value or ability. I always do this wrong. I’ll never get things right. Etc. - Talking rationally to the self is a good technique to combat rumination. Are these thoughts realistic? Are they helpful? - Decide how to take action to make improve the sitatution and set the action in motion. Action removes the rumination.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Troy Blackford

    This was an interesting book. Written by a psychologist, it looks at how people form and reshape habits, without the rose-colored glasses of a self-help book. By not sugar coating the truth about how the human mind actually works while carrying out habitual activities, and how difficult it is to create new habits and get disentangled from old ones, it gives you information you can actually use instead of platitudes and feel-good advice that won't work. In addition, it's always interesting to hear This was an interesting book. Written by a psychologist, it looks at how people form and reshape habits, without the rose-colored glasses of a self-help book. By not sugar coating the truth about how the human mind actually works while carrying out habitual activities, and how difficult it is to create new habits and get disentangled from old ones, it gives you information you can actually use instead of platitudes and feel-good advice that won't work. In addition, it's always interesting to hear about how the mind works. This book is well worth a read for anyone who enjoys books habitually (see what I did there?)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Groscost

    I always enjoy reading about habits and this was no exception. A great mythbuster about the old 21 days to creating new habits. Sorry, all! It taken much longer then that.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Not particularly well written. A better editor could have helped smooth out a number of instances of odd sentence structure and word choices (and no, this criticism is not due to the author being British). The same ground was much better covered in the book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It. Not particularly well written. A better editor could have helped smooth out a number of instances of odd sentence structure and word choices (and no, this criticism is not due to the author being British). The same ground was much better covered in the book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    Solid information presented clearly. I especially liked the bits about smartphones, Twitter, and Facebook. In my own life, I have some concerns about my behaviour around these things. The images of rat pressing levers for random, unpredictable rewards resonated in my own rodent-like brain. I also like how Dean presented some strategies for keeping habitual behaviours fresh, and how planning can be helpful. I hope I can put some of these tricks to work and stop pressing the Facebook treat lever o Solid information presented clearly. I especially liked the bits about smartphones, Twitter, and Facebook. In my own life, I have some concerns about my behaviour around these things. The images of rat pressing levers for random, unpredictable rewards resonated in my own rodent-like brain. I also like how Dean presented some strategies for keeping habitual behaviours fresh, and how planning can be helpful. I hope I can put some of these tricks to work and stop pressing the Facebook treat lever obsessively.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mani

    In a word- Yes! This book has all of the latest research and delivers it in a useful way. I think it's a good follower for Willpower Instinct and Now Habit. It makes MasterMind:How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes look really bad. It's less technical than Duhigg's Power of Habit and way less annoying than coach Meg on Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life. In a word- Yes! This book has all of the latest research and delivers it in a useful way. I think it's a good follower for Willpower Instinct and Now Habit. It makes MasterMind:How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes look really bad. It's less technical than Duhigg's Power of Habit and way less annoying than coach Meg on Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    I'm getting a little tired of books that tell you why you do bad things but don't tell you how not to do those things, and I have absolutely no patience for books that do the opposite. This book is a nice combination of both of those. Does that make any sense? No? Ok. I'm getting a little tired of books that tell you why you do bad things but don't tell you how not to do those things, and I have absolutely no patience for books that do the opposite. This book is a nice combination of both of those. Does that make any sense? No? Ok.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Burgin

    The author of this book, Jeremy Dean, is a psychologist which would make you think that this would be very scientific and theoretical, written in language to confuse the lay person. But that is not the case. Although this is a well-referenced book, backed up by a multitude of studies, it is also a very well-written, thoughtfully-constructed book which is not dry in the slightest. Sprinkled with witticisms it brings a smile to your face when you recognise the situations he is describing. Dean expl The author of this book, Jeremy Dean, is a psychologist which would make you think that this would be very scientific and theoretical, written in language to confuse the lay person. But that is not the case. Although this is a well-referenced book, backed up by a multitude of studies, it is also a very well-written, thoughtfully-constructed book which is not dry in the slightest. Sprinkled with witticisms it brings a smile to your face when you recognise the situations he is describing. Dean explains what a habit is, how they form, what benefits (healthier lifestyle) and problems (addiction) they can result in. He also tries to explain in plain English how we can all try to break bad habits and form new ones. He highlights a few strategies that can help (backed up by studies of course) but doesn’t overpower you with the science behind them. Overall this is a very interesting book. It will appeal to scientists and lay people alike. There is plenty of background that can be investigated if you want, or just enjoy his easy writing style. If this is your sort of book, then check out Jeremy Dean’s psyblog on www.psyblog.co.uk. It is full of psychological studies and is written in the same witty style.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Larry

    This is a very readable overview to the current thinking. There is nothing novel here, but it seems very sound and agrees with other accounts I have read. I love that it is not a motivational book. The sections on how to make changes stick are slim, but they are really all you need.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lauren - SERIESous Books

    not really what I thought this book was going to be but informative nonetheless full review to come

  12. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    I enjoyed reading about the research done to learn about habits. Some of the advice in this book is common advice we've all heard before, but their is a lot of good tips in this book. I enjoyed reading about the research done to learn about habits. Some of the advice in this book is common advice we've all heard before, but their is a lot of good tips in this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Juanita

    There were enough interesting studies about habits to keep going but the book bogged down in parts. The last third of the book had practical advice but I don't think i learned anything life changing that I will use to affect my own habits. There were enough interesting studies about habits to keep going but the book bogged down in parts. The last third of the book had practical advice but I don't think i learned anything life changing that I will use to affect my own habits.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Brady

    Meh self-help book. Ok science / phycology article review book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    زينب

    Making habits, Breaking habits "WOOP" exercise: Wish, Outcome, Obstacle and Plan: Write down your wish: the habit you want to achieve; then the best Outcome of your habit; then, the Obstacle(s) you are likely to face. Finally, you make a specific type of Plan called an implementation intention. Implementation intention (If-then link): Instead of saying "I want to to be fitter/I want to be kinder", say: "If I'm about to get in the car for a short trip, then I should walk" or "If I see someone struggl Making habits, Breaking habits "WOOP" exercise: Wish, Outcome, Obstacle and Plan: Write down your wish: the habit you want to achieve; then the best Outcome of your habit; then, the Obstacle(s) you are likely to face. Finally, you make a specific type of Plan called an implementation intention. Implementation intention (If-then link): Instead of saying "I want to to be fitter/I want to be kinder", say: "If I'm about to get in the car for a short trip, then I should walk" or "If I see someone struggling with a stroller, then I will offer them help". This links a particular situation with a response, an action. Once this connection is automatic, we'll have a new habit. The implementation intention has to work for you and for the situations you find yourself in. They will almost certainly require some fine-tuning. "if" the situation or trigger for your action. Shouldn't be too specific and shouldn't be to vague. Don't choose a time of day because you'll have to be clock-watching e.g. I'll go for a run at 8 pm. It's far better to use an event. Events are much more likely to work because they don't rely on our memories, which are notoriously unreliable. Researchers have found that the best cue for a new habit is something that happens every day at a regular time. While setting specific times to perform habits is not recommended, it's important to think about how a new habit will slot into your daily routine. Think about how large portions of your day are habits linked together in chains. What you want to do is add a new link in the chain where there is an open slot. You are looking for a time when you've just finished one regular habit and you're casting around for the next activity. Look through your daily habits for an activity that forms the last link in a chain; then consider adding your new habit on here. "then" Should be specific. The simpler it is, the easier it will be to carry out. You can also specify more complicated actions, as long as those tasks themselves are automated. E.g. driving is complicated but for experienced drivers it's so automated that it counts as simple task. It doesn't have to be just one action. For example, you can give yourself the option of different forms of exercise. "If it's after breakfast and there is time, then I will go for a run or ride my bike". Giving yourself choices might improve your performance. You can use "if-then" to shield yourself from the vagaries of Everyday moods, fears and temptations. "If i feel scared of the dance class, then i will remember that everyone is beginner and scared of looking stupid" "If I feel too tired to practice piano after work, then will first listen to some inspirational music to help motivate me" After that keep repeating the habit. On average it might take up to 66 days or even more to form the new habit depending on a lot of factors. Dissatisfaction is a real killer for a new habit. You can get support from a friend and involve them in your habit change. You can also use implementation intention: ask how are you going to cope with dissatisfaction. You should address the reason for your dissatisfaction (e.g. lack of progress, motivation, tiredness...). It should be directed at what you are feeling and should give you a way to get back on track. Can address perceived lack of progress by trying to think optimistically about how far you've come rather than focusing on how far there is to go. Mental tiredness and motivation can be addressed by using music. Monitor the self during the day. Be aware of how your new habit is developing. Would it be better to perform at different times of the day or in a different way? What types of temptations do you feel to skip the new habit. Noticing problems or ways of improving and acting on them can all lead to a habit that's easier to practice. Mindfulness Increase your conscious awareness of what you are doing right now. The exact opposite of our experience while performing a habit. You observe your own thoughts but you are trying to be generous to them whether they make you feel good or bad. Almost everything can be done mindfully. Practice brushing your teeth mindfully, surfing the net mindfully, even watching sports mindfully. If you can manage this every now and then throughout the day, you'll soon start to notice habits of thought and behavior, some good and some bad. Thus, what you want to change, and why, will become more obvious.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrea James

    The first two-thirds of the book has a lot of the usual behavioural economics/psychology descriptions of experiments and explanations of why we behave the way we do. If you're completely new to the subject, then it's petty interesting and the author has a readable blog-style of writing. The last third of the book is the most useful as the author gets more specific about what we can do to break habits and also to create new ones, He points out the common pitfalls and suggests ways that we can avoi The first two-thirds of the book has a lot of the usual behavioural economics/psychology descriptions of experiments and explanations of why we behave the way we do. If you're completely new to the subject, then it's petty interesting and the author has a readable blog-style of writing. The last third of the book is the most useful as the author gets more specific about what we can do to break habits and also to create new ones, He points out the common pitfalls and suggests ways that we can avoid these pitfalls. I have personally tried his suggestions (because I've across them elsewhere) and I have found that a number of them have worked for me so I would recommend the methods to others too. Things like visualising the success of the end goal but visualising the problems and issues that would prevent success from happening (partly linked to being a long term optimist and short term pessimist). A decent book though I wonder how many people would only read it for entertainment rather than put any of the suggestions into practice. The book's breezy style lends itself to be quickly read and forgotten.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Arlian

    This is a pop-science book on how brains work in regards to habits. Interesting at points, but also if you want to use it to learn concrete steps you should to take to give you a better chance of implementing new habits, you better get a pad and paper out. I don't know what the in-print book looks like, the the audiobook doesn't give you the impression that the print version is organized in a bullet point format, or in that is easy for browsing and ear-marking helpful points, once you've read th This is a pop-science book on how brains work in regards to habits. Interesting at points, but also if you want to use it to learn concrete steps you should to take to give you a better chance of implementing new habits, you better get a pad and paper out. I don't know what the in-print book looks like, the the audiobook doesn't give you the impression that the print version is organized in a bullet point format, or in that is easy for browsing and ear-marking helpful points, once you've read the thing all the way through the first time. I definitely recommend using a highlighter if you are reading the paper version, or listening in a place where you can take notes, not in the car or on the subway or something. Yes, I got the general gist of the book, but it's a bit less helpful on audio.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eric Montag

    The book was good. It gives some practical ideas that are backed up by science regarding how to start habits or discontinue habits. However, as interesting as the book was, I always seem to find that books of this sort are too long and this one was no exception. My advice would be to read the chapters that interest you and skip the ones that don't. The book was good. It gives some practical ideas that are backed up by science regarding how to start habits or discontinue habits. However, as interesting as the book was, I always seem to find that books of this sort are too long and this one was no exception. My advice would be to read the chapters that interest you and skip the ones that don't.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Anderson

    It read like a truly scientific, reputable psychology book. That is to say, it's a little slow, and actionable takeaways are buried under test results. I was able to create a habit changing action plan that I'm confident in, but it required a lot of work on my part to get there. It read like a truly scientific, reputable psychology book. That is to say, it's a little slow, and actionable takeaways are buried under test results. I was able to create a habit changing action plan that I'm confident in, but it required a lot of work on my part to get there.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Louden

    3+ stars. Very good overview of current habit research. Would have benefited from better book design to call out the actual actions to take, and also from more examples and stories.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    It used to be widely accepted that ulcers were totally psychosomatic. It was also the "truth" that once someone has a stroke, they're broken for the rest of their life. (I know someone who had a stroke a couple of years ago, and now the only evidence that he's had a stroke is he's now blind in one eye; he's back to work and doing everything else he was doing before.) And now, courtesy of this book, the author debunks Sigmund Freud's theory that we can know what's in our subconscious. He cites sev It used to be widely accepted that ulcers were totally psychosomatic. It was also the "truth" that once someone has a stroke, they're broken for the rest of their life. (I know someone who had a stroke a couple of years ago, and now the only evidence that he's had a stroke is he's now blind in one eye; he's back to work and doing everything else he was doing before.) And now, courtesy of this book, the author debunks Sigmund Freud's theory that we can know what's in our subconscious. He cites several studies that show people really don't know why they did something. In this well-written book, the author also narrates where, "It takes 21 days to change a habit," comes from. The truth is it might take 21 days for some habits; others may take several months to become habit. The author also explains just WHY habits are so difficult to change. Habits become automatic, unconscious, as are the triggers for many habits. So how does one actually change habits if that's so? By recognizing that habits are unconscious and working with them. The author gives some ideas on how to make new habits. No easy answers, but this book is easy to read and well-written. Highly recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    So, this book is pushed as a self help, but it is really pop-sci. The first half is about habits and habit formation. The next quarter is a bit more practical in approach, and you could probably apply it to your life. The last quarter is about creative thinking and is a bit out of place in the book, but still entertaining. Hot take: people are a hot mess of self justification. We do things without thinking about it, then come back later to give reason and excuse for our behavior. This is perfectl So, this book is pushed as a self help, but it is really pop-sci. The first half is about habits and habit formation. The next quarter is a bit more practical in approach, and you could probably apply it to your life. The last quarter is about creative thinking and is a bit out of place in the book, but still entertaining. Hot take: people are a hot mess of self justification. We do things without thinking about it, then come back later to give reason and excuse for our behavior. This is perfectly human. The author knows his stuff. He is deep in the research. This is not my field, but it lines up with other things I have read. I am ready to be corrected, but he seems legit. This book will make you more empathetic. Everyone is a hot mess of self justification. We need to realize this is near impossible to avoid, and accept it in eachother.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    You know I'm crazy about nonfiction, right? I have given myself a break from self-help because I have found that my brain is saturated in that realm. I guess I have found shame in my inability to be different based on all the knowledge I have. But this book opened me up to the possibility that I am NOT flawed. Just my HABITS are flawed. Ha, I can find a solution to that! I loved it. I wish I had the hard copy so I could write a few notes down, but I loved learning the basics of habits and how ha You know I'm crazy about nonfiction, right? I have given myself a break from self-help because I have found that my brain is saturated in that realm. I guess I have found shame in my inability to be different based on all the knowledge I have. But this book opened me up to the possibility that I am NOT flawed. Just my HABITS are flawed. Ha, I can find a solution to that! I loved it. I wish I had the hard copy so I could write a few notes down, but I loved learning the basics of habits and how habits die hard. I have been working on changing just one habit this month, and I have noticed small changes. But that's how big things happen, with small changes in our daily habits. I highly recommend this one!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cliff Chew

    Being a book about habits, I definitely will have to compare this with another, most probably even more famous, book called "The Power of Habit". Both books cover very similar points, which is good to reinforce your knowledge on the concepts of habits. This book focuses more on explanations, while "Power" has more focus on actually working on your habits. Nice stories, but they are mostly stuff that you have covered if you have read "Power". At least that is my opinion. I think both books are no Being a book about habits, I definitely will have to compare this with another, most probably even more famous, book called "The Power of Habit". Both books cover very similar points, which is good to reinforce your knowledge on the concepts of habits. This book focuses more on explanations, while "Power" has more focus on actually working on your habits. Nice stories, but they are mostly stuff that you have covered if you have read "Power". At least that is my opinion. I think both books are not bad, but I think by now, you can tell that I prefer "Power". If you have time, I reckon you can read both! If not, I would indeed recommend "Power" instead.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Roxanna Rivas

    I like that he includes examples from case studies and sources you can research. Different from most "self-help" books that generally just work off motivational words/phrases or talk mostly about "being in tune with the universe". Not knocking on those books, sometimes you need that type of motivation, but reading this made me feel more like I was actually starting to learn some thing and was a great introduction into different philosophies. Be aware the book does say it's about WHY we do/don't I like that he includes examples from case studies and sources you can research. Different from most "self-help" books that generally just work off motivational words/phrases or talk mostly about "being in tune with the universe". Not knocking on those books, sometimes you need that type of motivation, but reading this made me feel more like I was actually starting to learn some thing and was a great introduction into different philosophies. Be aware the book does say it's about WHY we do/don't things and a good chunk of the book talks about this. I felt like only a small last part of the book talked about how to change.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Heather Gordon

    I thought the book made some good points, but it was overall very redundant and could have easily been summarized in a couple paragraphs. There were many cited studies which helped contribute to the points being made, but were often only briefly mentioned. I wish the author had expanded further on the techniques of making and breaking habits rather than just giving examples of people experiencing success or failure. Some may learn best that way, but I prefer books like this to elaborate on the s I thought the book made some good points, but it was overall very redundant and could have easily been summarized in a couple paragraphs. There were many cited studies which helped contribute to the points being made, but were often only briefly mentioned. I wish the author had expanded further on the techniques of making and breaking habits rather than just giving examples of people experiencing success or failure. Some may learn best that way, but I prefer books like this to elaborate on the strategies mentioned.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gayatri

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book will not give you any magic mantras to break or make a habit. But it does give pretty good insights into physiology of habits- types , why we form them & why is it so hard to break them. I found the first part of the book incredibly interesting where author explains why we form habits and how it governs our choices /decisions. The book has some well researched and apt examples /experiments to support facts. Overall a great read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Agnes Velez

    I have a hard time sticking to the things that I learned and that I know will work because I am so stuck in my old ways. Reading this book reminded me of things that I knew and some new things I didn't know that I feel will help create new habits for me and help me kick the old bad ones I so desperately need to stop. This is a great read and I will read it over and over to use as a go-to for reminders with all my highlights. I have a hard time sticking to the things that I learned and that I know will work because I am so stuck in my old ways. Reading this book reminded me of things that I knew and some new things I didn't know that I feel will help create new habits for me and help me kick the old bad ones I so desperately need to stop. This is a great read and I will read it over and over to use as a go-to for reminders with all my highlights.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    Really a good book. I believe this book should be a must have as it explains the way we justify our lives/habits. We mostly act out of how we've acted before and how we act is a habit. It addresses the big questions of obtaining more happiness, better health and more creativity. This book provides methods for changing our habits but mostly explains how and why habits exist. Really a good book. I believe this book should be a must have as it explains the way we justify our lives/habits. We mostly act out of how we've acted before and how we act is a habit. It addresses the big questions of obtaining more happiness, better health and more creativity. This book provides methods for changing our habits but mostly explains how and why habits exist.

  30. 4 out of 5

    O

    Its a well written books with great examples and concrete research backing up its points. The book did not have a great emphasis on the "how part" when it comes to breaking and making new habits (only two chapters where dedicated for these two points). However, the reader can glean the main points of the book and absorb its cardinal ideas by a careful and focused read. Its a well written books with great examples and concrete research backing up its points. The book did not have a great emphasis on the "how part" when it comes to breaking and making new habits (only two chapters where dedicated for these two points). However, the reader can glean the main points of the book and absorb its cardinal ideas by a careful and focused read.

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