The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Book - 2012
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Duhigg takes us to the edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400069286
Branch Call Number: 158.1 DU
Characteristics: xx, 371 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Jul 21, 2018

All of his books are my favorite books and are very interesting.

Jul 11, 2018

"The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg is a fantastic look into our habits, and just how much they effect our lives. The habit loop - cue, routine, reward owns so much of our minds. This book will show examples on what they are, how they can be harnessed, and just how much they own our subconscious mind. I've read this book 3 times now, and I'm still pulling out insights!

Jun 19, 2018

This genre of book (taking topics in science, economics, etc. and adding 200 pages of simplified case studies and then getting RAVE reviews) is all the same, a bit of interesting information, good research, and alot of unnecessary case studies and anecdotes. Many of these are shoehorned in and have only a mild connection to the topic. I needed to form a habit loop just to turn on the audiobook and listen to a chapter !

Jan 14, 2018

Very good book about habits: cue, routine, reward. It has stories about how different habits has affected people, how people succeeded in changing habits, etc. It's a very good book about being more self-aware and potential for growth as well as self-change.

Dec 12, 2017

This is an awesome book that explains the cycle of a habit, which interesting case studies to go along with it. Strongly recommend it.

Jun 05, 2017

Good book, would recommend it to read to understand that we can manipulate and change out habits by understanding the way they work.

Mar 16, 2017

Personally, I haven't read the book yet, but after taking a look at peoples' comments, I would like to read it. Those feedback are encouraging to read.

Aug 16, 2016

This is not a self-help book, so if you are looking for that you may be disappointed, though it does make a helpful starting point for changing your own habits. This book provides an enjoyable look at how habits affect individual lives, corporations and organizations, even societies. Well researched with fascinating stories from many different areas, such as the marketing of a hit song, the transformation of a losing football team, Starbucks employee training, and the spread of a fire in the London Underground.

Jan 07, 2016

This is essentially a compilation of examples supporting the author's model of how habits are formed. There is virtually no information on techniques for changing habits. A breezy, entertaining read but not very instructive if you're looking for something to help you change.

Oct 14, 2015

The book is a good starting point in thinking about habits. The basic pattern of cue-response-reward seems to be correct. Duhigg contends that the only way to change a habit (the golden rule of habit chapter 3) is if you replace it with another one. The habit itself may not be the problem though (the reward may be the real problem). He does point you in the right direction although you need to think for yourself about where your pattern might be a problem. I think there could also be a similar pattern cue-response-punishment that might make you averse to the pattern, but he doesn't get into that at all. He doesn't make any judgements about how others may exploit your habits or seek to create them in order to exploit you (febreeze and target being the main examples) so again you have to think for yourself. Good reporting doesn't judge, so take it at that level. Also read the notes section as it calls out that a lot of the narratives were embellished significantly-like "based on a true story" movies (especially the hospital story).

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Oct 14, 2015

The book contends that basis of most of our actions are based off of this pattern. Cue-response-reward. When repeated enough these patterns are ingrained into us and become habits. The book contends in chapter 3 that we can't eliminate habits, only replace them. To do this you identify the cue, replace with a new action, and then are rewarded. For example if you have a cookie everyday at 3 PM, you instead go for a walk, you have replaced the bad habit. At the end of the book he explains how to change a habit. 1. Identify the routine 2. experiment with different rewards 3. Isolate the cue 4. Develop a plan to have alternatives somewhere in the path.

Common Cues are: location, time, emotional state, other people, immediately proceeding actions. Experiment (failures will provide feedback) until you change your habit.


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"The behaviors that occur unthinkingly are evidence of our truest selves" -Aristotle


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