The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Book - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
39
2
1
 …
Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2012], ©2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781400069286
1400069289
Branch Call Number: 158.1 Du
Description: xx, 371 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Opinion

From Library Staff

Why do we need habits? How we can change habits? Duhigg investigates habits that can improve productivity.

Why and how do we form habits? Knowing this will help you to focus on making the good ones stick and getting rid of the bad ones.


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment
b
BRADCARL
May 15, 2019

4.5 Stars

kristina_rad Feb 22, 2019

Want to understand why you do what you do, and why it can be so challenging to establish a new habit (even if you really, really want to have a particular result)? Understanding how habits work may hold the key to moving towards the results that you want to achieve. This book is full of insights and science based research that sparked many 'Aha!' moments while flipping the pages . Absolutely worth reading, studying and taking action on the idea's!

DanielVaniel Feb 12, 2019

This books has some amazing insights--the psychology of habit forming especially spoke to me, but I love the hope presented about changing habits as well.

a
AfrinC
Dec 26, 2018

Really cool insights were presented on behavior. I still apply some of the cases discussed in real life till this day.

j
Jeffrey_H601
Jul 21, 2018

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

m
mitchelclay
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!

d
damjih
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 !

a
alinanguyen
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.

d
darcyhudjik
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.

k
kahuela
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.

View All Comments

Quotes

Add a Quote
ArapahoeMaryA Mar 13, 2019

Habits can be changed, if we understand how they work.

Habits, scientists say, emerge because the brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort.

When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks. So... unless you find new routines—the pattern will unfold automatically.

This explains why habits are so powerful: They create neurological cravings. Most of the time, these cravings emerge so gradually that we’re not really aware they exist, so we’re often blind to their influence. But as we associate cues with certain rewards, a subconscious craving emerges in our brains that starts the habit loop spinning.

That’s why signing kids up for piano lessons or sports is so important. It has nothing to do with creating a good musician or a five-year-old soccer star. When you learn to force yourself to practice for an hour or run fifteen laps, you start building self-regulatory strength.

ALEXIS C SWEARINGEN Jan 18, 2015

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

Age

Add Age Suitability
k
KonaKitsune
Apr 28, 2016

KonaKitsune thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Summary

Add a Summary
j
john_doh17
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.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

LibraryThing Series Information


  Loading...
CRRL owns a similar edition of this title.

View originally-listed edition

Report edition-matching error

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top