The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed. Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, on track to be one of the big...


Details The Power of Habit

TitleThe Power of Habit
ISBN9781400069286
Author
Release DateFeb 28th, 2012
PublisherRandom House
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages286 pages
GenreSelf Help, Personal Development, Science, Audiobook, Leadership, Nonfiction, Health, Buisness, Abandoned, Psychology
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Reviews The Power of Habit

  • sleeps9hours
    2012-06-29
    I just read Kelly McGonigal's "The Willpower Instinct", so I can't help but compare the two.Duhigg is an investigative reporter for the NY Times, while McGonigal is a research psychologist, and the differences come across in the writing. McGonigal has a much better grasp on the research and how to apply it, while Duhigg brings in stories that are entertaining but stretch his powers of interpretation. His most annoying stylistic problem is that he...
  • Robert Chapman
    2012-09-14
    This is great book, and you need to read it. How is that for a definitive opening line? The reason it’s such a good book is because it uses research to explain how habits are formed and changed. Everyone knows someone who was out of shape, or was a smoker, and then in what appeared as if almost overnight, changed themselves in a short period of time. How did they do that? They formed new habits and changed old ones, that’s how.Do something en...
  • K
    2012-04-02
    Read this because of fascinating NYT magazine excerpt on how Target tracks our buying habits. The rest of the book is not as compelling -- anecdotes sometimes don't support particular arguments he's attempting to illustrate (the Hey-Ya examples being the most egregious), and his section on how social movements occur is weak and unconvincing, and not really about habits, per se. Style and structure were often clunky, and the book seems a bit muddl...
  • Rhianna
    2012-05-09
    This may be a crappy review since its going up via iPhone. Sorry. First caveat: I work in research. A big part of my job is creating these habit loops and seeing if they can be altered or enhanced via medication. Second caveat: I'm a nerd and love journal articles, scientific writing, and technical reading, even off the job.Third caveat: I only got to chapter eight. I honestly don't know what I was expecting. By far and large, when there's big bu...
  • Riku Sayuj
    2012-06-18
    Nothing Succeeds Like Success: A Case StudyHey. Have you heard of Thomas Baker? How about Carol Wright? Chris Cameron? Vineet Shaw? Let us discuss Baker.Thomas Baker was an average joe, but not without ambitions. A few years ago, acting on a tip, Tom, a competitive enough guy, decided to take his life into his own hands. What’s more, he decided to pick up one more Self-help book and this time follow up thoroughly on it. No holds barred. He aske...
  • Trevor
    2012-03-29
    I need to start with the obvious – this guy is one of those writers. One of those writers that make you want to track him down and hurt him. And not just him, maybe even his pets too. He assumes you are as thick as dog-shit and that you won’t get what it is he is talking about unless he makes it painfully (PAINFULLY) clear. He has missed his calling. He really should have gone into the self-help book market – let’s face it, assuming your ...
  • Johnny
    2012-07-23
    Judging from the prologue of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, the first thing necessary in modifying one’s behavior is to note the actual components of that behavior. The author cites a visit with a military officer in charge of normalizing a village (Kufa) in Iraq. The officer started by observing video of how riots began and noticed that the trouble usually broke out after people had milled around for a while and...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    2016-02-05
    I remember reading a story by the famous Malayalam writer Padmarajan called Oru Sameepakala Durantham ("A Tragedy of Recent Times"). It tells of a housing colony in Kerala, bitten by the exercise bug in the early eighties. Someone gets up before sunrise and starts jogging. Soon, he is joined by more and more people until the whole colony is out running, every day. This leaves the houses unattended which comes to the notice of a group of thieves: ...
  • Chad Warner
    2013-03-17
    This long-winded book explains how habits form in individuals, organizations, and social groups. Despite the intriguing premise, the verbose anecdotes left me screaming, “I get the point already!” A better book (or article) would have resulted from taking the appendix (a short, practical guide to changing a habit) and adding some of the psychological research and a few brief examples. (After I wrote this review, I discovered Charles Duhigg's ...
  • Arda
    2013-01-28
    Enjoyable. The book presents a framework of understanding how habits work, and serves as a guide to show how to change habits. “Once you choose who you want to be, believe you want to change, and it becomes real.” “Visualize the kind of person you would like to become, focus on one habit you would potentially develop, and transform that into what would become natural; requiring no effort or thinking.” “To modify a habit, you must decid...
  • Diane
    2012-07-06
    This was an interesting collection of research about habits and routines. The book felt Gladwellian in that it combined a variety of case studies while arguing a central theme, just as Malcolm Gladwell tends to do in his books. I think my favorite sections were the ones on Starbucks' training programs, Procter & Gamble's attempts to market Febreze, the safety record at Alcoa, the applications of Hit Song Science, and the historic Montgomery bus b...
  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    2017-03-17
    دوستانِ گرانقدر، همانطور که از عنوان کتاب پیداست، نویسنده در این کتاب به موضوع <عادت> در انسانها پرداخته است و تلاش نموده تا با بهرده بردن از آزمایشات علمی که در خصوصِ این موضوع انجام شده است و رویدادهایِ معروفی که میتوانسته به موضوعِ <عادت> کمک نمود...
  • Thomas
    2015-07-18
    How do some of us wake up for 6 a.m. jogs every day? What leads people to develop gambling addictions? Why do people brush their teeth every day while never remembering to wear sunscreen? Charles Duhigg answers these questions and more in The Power of Habit, a well-researched book on what motivates us to make the decisions we do in everyday life and in business.Duhigg's background as a reporter shows in this book. He does a good job of stringing ...
  • Scott
    2012-07-06
    Duhigg's Power of Habit offered a staggering statistic about our lives: 40% of what we do is habitual. 40 percent! That means that a huge majority of what we do in our lives is practically unconscious and habitually helping us progress or digress. The major takeaways for me include two main insights. First, identifying your habit's cues and rewards gives one understanding of why we do what we do. For example, when analyzing my habit of running, t...
  • Schmacko
    2012-04-11
    Charles Duhigg has three fascinating half-books here. They’re all joined by the theme of habits. He speaks of habits from a personal perspective. Then he talks about business habits, switching from cognitive psychology to organizational psychology. And finally, he talks about sociology. What unifying pattern do these three have? That same old model I learned back in college in 1991… The idea of cues, actions, and rewards is throughout this bo...
  • بسام عبد العزيز
    2016-06-04
    معلومتان جديدتان مهمتان جدًا ستعرفهما بعد قراءة هذا الكتاب المعجزة:أولًا : الإنسان عندما يقوم بأي فعل فإنه يفكر مسبقًا فيما سيعود عليه من فائدة من فعله.ثانيًا : الإنسان عندما يقوم بفعل ما بشكل تكراري يصبح هذا الأمر عادة عنده.لحظة!من قال أنهما "جديدت...
  • Nyamka Ganni
    2013-02-21
    Сэтгэл судлал, хүний зан араншин сонирхдог хэдий ч нарийн мэдлэгээр маруухан надад үнэхээр таалагдлаа. Зуршил хэрхэн үүсдэг, түүнийг яаж өөрчилж болох зэргийг шинжлэх ухааны үүднээс нь тайлбарлаад бодит амьдрал дээрх жишээнүүдийг дурьдсан бай...
  • Joe Soltzberg
    2015-08-17
    A very good book about habit formation. My favorite parts were the various stories and anecdotes the author provided for each lesson about habits. The book is fairly cohesive and my only complaint is that the 'how to use this book' section at the end is a bit too simple and doesn't encompass the ideas in every chapter (such as incorporating keystone habits, etc.). Nonetheless, definitely worth a read. I didn't get this book to try and change any ...
  • Sue
    2012-07-06
    The title of this book may be misleading if you want to lose weight, stop procrastinating, or get to appointments on time. It would be easy to think you’d found a self-help book. Okay, maybe it could help a reader break an unwanted habit. Duhigg does try to analyze those behaviors. There are a few good stories of people who quit smoking or started exercising. But it is more accurately about patterns of behavior in groups as well as individuals:...
  • Yousif Al Zeera
    2012-08-21
    This book delves into some science behind the notion of "habits". It hands out the "scientific" process of changing habits. In between, there are interesting stories of how individuals, societies and companies can make the best use out of their habits or other people's habits.
  • Mirek Kukla
    2012-06-24
    ReviewThe “Power of Habit” is a frustrating book to review. At its core, it presents ideas that are both interesting and practical: this book will - or at least might – change the way you think about, form, and conquer habits. At the same time, it’s flooded with same fuzzy and irrelevant “case studies” that pollute your average pop psychology book. The first part of this book nicely summarizes recent findings in the field of psycholog...
  • Zahra Taher
    2016-01-01
    من المثير للعجب كيف أن أكثر الأعمال أو العادات التي نقوم بها ولا ندرك الدوافع التي تحركها هي اعمال لها أنماط محددة واستجابات من قبل الدماغ . ولكن الأهم هو إمكانية التعرف على هذه الأنماط ثم التحكم بها للتخلص من العادات السيئة وتعزيز العادات الإيجاب...
  • Mary Helene
    2012-05-21
    What a great story teller! and these stories have been spreading. Every time I talk with someone about this book, they've already heard one of the stories! (Is Mr.Duhigg all over the airwaves or are his stories just re-tellable?) In light of the recent rebuke of American nuns, I'd like to point out to the bishops that these ladies pop up prophetically in remarkable places, including p.229 in this text. (I misread my notes. The nuns show up earlie...
  • Atila Iamarino
    2016-01-08
    Muito bom para entender o poder que a mudança de hábitos pode trazer. Foi o autor que descobriu a história de como a Target acompanhava os consumidores para predizer gravidez. Tem boas ideias e ótimos exemplos de como hábitos acontecem e regem a vida. Mas o livro é bem mais longo do que precisa, detalha demais os exemplos e muitas vezes dá uma boa forçada no que é explicado por hábito ou não para poder citar como exemplo ou incluir.
  • Franz
    2012-03-14
    If you are looking for a how-to book, in the strict sense this isn't it. But if you want to change your habits you can glean how to do so from the main text, and Duhigg provides specific hints in an appendix. Duhigg does tell us how habits form without our awareness (every habit follows the pattern of cue-response-reward loops with cravings--expectations of the reward--thrown into the mix) and why they form (the brain's method of saving effort by...
  • Sonja Arlow
    2016-08-05
    I first heard about this book during a Ted Talk or some other podcast and was immediately interested.The book is split in 3 sections. Personal habits, corporate habits and societal habits.Everything was presented in easy to digest segments, anecdotes and examples but I have to say after the first few times showing the “habit loop” to readers it started grating on my nerves. Yes, I got ittttt the first 10 times no need to bash me over the head...
  • Hanne
    2013-08-19
    This is a well researched, well written book about habits and the psychology behind it. And yet, it was far from a home run. What I want most of all from reading non-fiction popular psychology books is for them to have an impact on me. The very basic requirement is to learn something new, but I also want them to make me think about my actions and behaviours and those from people around me, and preferably also to have a changing impact on me, whic...
  • Louise
    2015-04-21
    Charles Duhigg's premise is that habits are formed when behaviors are rewarded. Because the brain is wired to anticipate a reward it directs behavior towards getting the reward. The author presents some studies that show brain activity in the anticipation and reward cycles. He poses a "golden Rule" of habit change which is to identify the cue that anticipates the reward and find an alternative route to that reward. He cites AA, group/team and rel...
  • Whitley Birks
    2012-03-04
    This is a review of an ARC received through a First Reads giveaway.For most of my adult life, I have struggled with bad habits that have kept me unemployed, ineffective when I was employed, unable to do the things that I want, and generally unhappy. About once a year I try and reinvent myself, and it'll work for a few days and then fail. Still, I have done quite a bit of research into habits and how to change them, and I've collected a lot of tid...