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Making Habits, Breaking Habits
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2013
It was painful reading this book.

I could tell the author was a typical middle class white British professor who had been reading academic papers his whole life, with no to little real life/practical experience.

If I buy a self-help book, I want you to give me solutions - quick and to the point. This book is extremely descriptive - the author gives tons of irrelevant examples - such as why Einstein was more creative than his students.

This is not what I want to know. I want to know what exactly a habit is and how specifically I can form a good habit and get rid of a bad one - quickly and effectively. That's why I like American writers - they speak to the point: the problem is A. In order to overcome it, you need to do B, C and D. Failing that's try Z. Give specific, relevant and precise examples. Start a new chapter.

As such, this book is an exercise is verbosity. It is full of sentences like: 'Research has shown that the stronger the habit, the longer it takes to overcome it' following which the author discusses at length the participants of the research, samples etc. I am sorry but you don't have to be a genius to figure this out. Or: 'Happy people tend to focus on positive thoughts'. Yea - butter is buttery.

I am a practical busy successful man who needs solutions not some ephemeral 'research'. As such, I regret I wasted time reading this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2014
Lots of research and information. However, a lot of reading for very little understanding or direction on how to make or break habits.
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on 23 January 2015
Just about reradable.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2013
Rather lengthy explanations about why people form habits that don't immediately suggest a self-help plan. I'm begiining to lose interest before I've got to the practical help section.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2014
Really good book
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2013
I purchased the Kindle version of this book. It presents the psychology of habits in an understandable and enjoyable way. The quality was good. Highly recommended as you don't have to have done a psychology degree to understand the content!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2015
Reasonable condition as advertised.
It arrived in good time abd I am pleased with the product. Thank you
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2013
This book is badly written and quite boring. The information is dispersed, and you can obtein it by free in the author's webpage in a concise way.

It is no recommended to waste yout money in it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2014
Makes sense....
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2014
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