The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business
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 figur
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 breaks his stories up, stopping one to start anot...more
“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 decide to change it. You must consciously accept the hard work of...more
Nothing Succeeds Like Success: A Case Study
Hey. 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 asked around, looked in that wonderful site and finally...more
Do something enough and it becomes a habit, good or bad. This is expl...more
This is the central theme of this book and this book goes in great detail about what are habits, scientifically, physiologically and how we can make Habit has the central focus of the activities around us, the events that we subject ourself to and the way we respond to every day seemingly insignificant events.
This is a great book to understand...more
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 buzz about a book I inevitably dislike it with very...more
His thesis is that habits control a large part of behavior on all these levels. Habits can't be eliminated, he says, but by becoming conscious of them and tak...more
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, there are specific cues and rewards that both initi...more
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 earlier; this is a section where the author underestimat...more
- all habits have a cue , routine, and reward system. Harder part is identifying the cues and rewards that drive the habit.
- making your bed and exercising will improve your life in many ways beyond the obvious.
- writing a detaile...more
It outlines habits as being a three-step loop, consisting of 1. a cue (a trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and which habit to use), 2. the routine (essentially the habit behaviour itself, be it physical, mental or emotional), and 3. the reward (which helps your brain figure out if this particular loop is worth remembering for the future). In order for a b...more
I'm less convinced by his look at o...more
But it is more accurately about patterns of behavior in groups as well as individuals: in corporations, the military, and the marketplace....more
It is often said that we are creatures of habit, in that many of our daily activities end up being a matter of routine rather than direct deliberation (just think of your morning run-through). While this is no doubt true, author Charles Duhigg insists that this is but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the impact that habits have on our daily lives. Indeed, in his new book `The Power of Ha...more
Throughout the book, I often found mys...more
I initially picked this up to try out my public library's new ebook servi...more
This is a fascinating look at what seems at first to be a straightforward subject - habits. Duhigg takes readers through the neurology of personal habits and how to change them, the organizational habits of businesses and teams, and the power of habits to promote change in societies. He even touches on ethical dilemmas involved with the habits of sleep terrors and gambling. Not so much a step-by-step guide t...more
It's interesting not just from the point of view of wanting to learn how to change habits that you're unhappy to have, but also to understand the habits of society as a group.
I liked the fact that examples used in the book were from different points in history and from different countries.
All in all, I learnt a lot and am thoroughly glad to have downloaded this great audiobook originally on a bit of a whi...more
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg is an entertaining and instructive look at how habit influences the behaviors of individuals, organizations, and cultures. If you are seeking a self-help book that will instruct you in how to get and maintain a good habit or get rid of a bad habit, this is not the book to read. But it is a clear-eyed look at how habit influences every aspect of life.
A Pulitzer Prize winner, Duhigg writes in a cl...more
If you just want to know how to change your bad habits and develop better ones, skip to the 12-page appendix. The author, Charles Duhigg, takes you step-by-step through his process, using his own struggle of trying to not buy a cookie every afternoon as illustration. You won't be disappointed, especially if you *ahem* might have a similar cookie habit *ahem* *mint milanos* *ahem*. Worth the price of the book just for this.
But try to avoid the urge (bad habit!) to skip ahe...more
THE SOUNDVIEW REVIEW:
Think about the routine you followed once you arrived at the office this morning. Did you look at your calendar before checking your e-mail? Did you read headlines from a favorite news site before digging into the first task of the day? There are individuals who follow such a pattern while simultaneously...more
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