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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851689893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851689897
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Psychologist Jeremy Dean is the founder and author of the popular website 'PsyBlog' http://www.psyblog.co.uk /), with over 64,000 email and RSS subscribers and upwards of 1 million monthly hits from 700,000 unique visitors.

The site analyses--with wit, clarity, and erudition--psychological studies that are relevant to everyday life. Topics have included how memory works, self-control, methods for boosting creativity and the psychology of work.

Dean launched PsyBlog in 2004, when he noticed a dearth of smart, readable news for those who like psychological insights backed up by science. Read the world over, the site has been featured in the following media outlets: BBC News, The New York Times ('Health Around the Web'), The Los Angeles Times, Wired, NPR, The Guardian, and The London Times.

Dean's first degree was in law, but after a career in the Internet industry he began studying psychology. He has now racked up two higher degrees in psychology and is currently working towards a doctorate.

His current book is called 'Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes that Stick'.

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“Sensible and very readable... by far the most useful of [the] New You offerings”

--The Bookseller

‘witty and informative. This is the book if you want to learn how to make your resolutions stick.
--Manchester Evening News

"For you if you want 2013 to be the year you keep your resolutions."
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The Guardian

Witty and informative' --Press Association

‘Have you ever tried to change a habit and failed? You should read this book… highly readable.’  -- 4 stars- BBC Focus

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The founder of the hugely popular PsyBlog demonstrates how to bend habits to your will

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tony Jarrow on 15 Mar. 2013
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Straight forward, easy to understand, description of why we do what we do day after day without thinking. A scientific book without the jargon together with numerous relevant examples to explain every concept. Unusually for such a book, the author is English and so the examples relate to everyday life in the UK: no baseball here.
Every aspect of habits appears to be covered: why we form them, their value as well as their annoyance, how to make the good ones stronger and how to sidestep the worst.
An excellent, easy, read for everyone. Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GeordieReader on 18 Mar. 2013
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This is the best kind of self-help book. It doesn't offer easy answers or 'new age' solutions. Instead, it draws on the latest research to show how habits are formed and, crucially, how they can be changed. The author acknowledges how difficult this can be, but he offers sensible advice with a sound scientific base.
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The material provided is based on what Jeremy Dean learned from recent and extensive research on (a) how and why we form habits that are both book and bad, (b) the range of timeframe that process involves, (c) why it is so difficult to sustain good habits and break bad habits, and (d) what all this reveals about human nature that will help us to accelerate personal growth and professional development.

In essence, good and bad habits are repetitive patterns of thought and behavior. With regard to the aforementioned research, Dean observes, "Three characteristics have emerged: firstly, we perform habits automatically without much conscious deliberation. Secondly, habitual behaviors provide little emotional response by themselves. Thirdly, habits are strongly rooted in the situations in which they occur. We also know that they can vary considerably in how long they take to form. Questions remain. For example, how much control do we have over our habits? Do we control them or do they control us? If we want to make a change, how easy will it be? Dean addresses these and other questions, citing research revelations and what -- in his opinion -- these revelations suggest.

Here is Dallas near the downtown area, there is a farmer's market at which several merchants offer slices of fresh fruit as samples of their wares. In that same spirit, I offer a few brief excerpts that (I hope) will suggest the thrust and flavor of Dean's presentation of material.

o "The problem for making and breaking habits is that so much is happening in the unconscious mind. Since the unconscious is generally like the Earth's core, impenetrable and unknowable, we can't access it directly. This means that deeply held goals and desires can come into play without our realizing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Taylor on 5 Aug. 2013
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Making no false promises, this book is very much in touch with reality. I would have given it 5 stars if it had contained more bullet points, more summaries, more short focus sections, and if the writing itself were more tightly focussed. This is a shame, because the book, which discusses all our more routine behaviours in an extremely useful way, has the right contents to make it one of the best in its genre.

Jeremy Dean writes for PsyBlog, which puts all of the most recent psychological research on the table for everyone to see. I've been a fan of his work for some time now and I wanted to buy the book as a thank-you for his continuing good work. The contents of book are fantastic. Yes, a lot of it is fairly obvious stuff, but if you are mapping out human behaviour this will always be inevitable; what it gives us is a useful map which enables us to see where we are more clearly. Rather than choosing to focus on quirky behaviour, or choosing to act as a self-help guru and setting rules, Dean has assembled all the most-relevant-to-life experiments in this book, and although the style is a little wordy, it comes across as 'an engaging chat with a friend'.

I think that most people would get a lot out of the book; the material inside it is among the best you'll find. But rather than reading cover to cover I'd suggest picking it up for ten minutes every day - this way you could mentally chew over what you've read, gradually enabling you to build a picture of why you do what you do and giving you ideas on how you could effect change where needed.

Oddly enough, the book might make more real difference to your life than others BECAUSE it focusses on the 95% of more useful ordinary behaviour (with quite a lot of quirks in itself) rather than the 5% of sensationalist, but less useful behaviour that other authors select in order to sell books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cedric J Faulkner on 27 Mar. 2013
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Well worth the read.
I would have liked to have given 4 stars. However although the information is interesting and relevant it is never clearly summarised in the way I would expect of a presentation and argument of this nature. This is of even more importance when such 'text' books are to be read on a Kindle that despite it's annotating features is not as easily roamed for past references or remembered passages as a print copy.
Mr. Dean has, in my opinion, been let down by his Editor.
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We all have different learning styles. For some, long chapters don't work. I'm usually one of those people. In so many ways, this book taught me that I’m not the person I thought I was. I’m not bound by habits I cannot break (and that includes my habit of telling myself that wordy books are intimidating, a habit I picked up in childhood and have used as a stick to beat myself with ever since). I loved this book as a read and I learned so much from it as a tool. I've achieved a lot of things in my career to date, but still I have habits that I fear are holding me back. Thanks to this book I now feel armed with realistic strategies that will help me to do something positive about them. Thank you Jeremy for your realistic advice and for the time and trouble you take to provide guidance that is backed by scientific research. As long as you keep writing, I'll keep reading..
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