The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do and How to Change
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
Do something enough and it becomes a habit, good or bad. This is expl...more
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
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
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
“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
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
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 book. It’s not very new nor very strong; in fact, Duhigg...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
The author's main contention is that "you have the freedom and responsibility" to remake your habits. He says "the most addi...more
I'm a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell and there are parts of this book that read like something from him. Like Gladwell, Duhigg takes the science and appli...more
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 tidbits of information that float around in my brain....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
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
I initially picked this up to try out my public library's new ebook servi...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
If so, you’ve experienced the power of habit.
Have you ever told yourself you will NOT eat the cookies sitting out on the counter and two minutes later pick one up and eat it? Or perhaps it was the cigarette. Or the drink.
Did you know that the genius behind the methods of Tom Dungy–the only coach in the NFL history to reach the play-offs ten years in...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
The “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 psychology concerning habits – how they form, how they function, and ho...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