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A discussion of psychological research by an immensely popular psychologist,
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This review is from: Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes that Stick (Paperback)
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.