- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books (7 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847946240
- ISBN-13: 978-1847946249
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (349 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change Paperback – 7 Feb 2013
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"In this fascinating book, Charles Duhigg reveals the myriad ways in which our habits shape our lives. Do you want to know why Febreze became a bestselling product? Or how the science of habits can be used to improve willpower? Read this book." (Jonah Lehrer)
"Once you read this book, you’ll never look at yourself, your organisation, or your world quite the same way." (Daniel H. Pink)
"Absolutely fascinating." (Wired)
"This is a first-rate book – based on an impressive mass of research, written in a lively style and providing just the right balance of intellectual seriousness with practical advice on how to break our bad habits." (The Economist)
"Plenty of business books that try to tap into the scientific world manage to distil complicated research into readable prose. But few take the next step and become essential manuals for business and living. The Power of Habit is an exception." (Andrew Hill Financial Times)
"Duhigg gives a compelling insight in to the world of subconscious behaviour. This is no homespun remedy, Duhigg's observations have real, scientific gravitas." (Woman & Home)
"In his book The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg approaches the subject of what habits are and how we can ultimately change them. Written in an engaging style, with just the right balance of scientific fact and actual examples..." (The Book Garden Blog)
"Inspiring stuff!" (Counsel)
"The Power of Habit steps sideways into science and brain chemistry to back up its key message: that identifying and implementing keystone habits is the difference between success and failure, whatever your goals. So if you’re a procrastinator, or a sleeper-inner, pick it up – and see how quickly you can morph those habits into habitual success. When you get around to it, obviously." (Stylist)
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Whilst the title and tag-line implies it's akin to the saturated backlog of books promising to 'transform your [career / relationships / life / chronic nose hair]' that make you want to stab your eyes out with the nearest writing utensil... this is anything but. It makes no attempt to preach a 'model', but simply reports a vast swathe of psychology and decision-making which outline a curious framework for your understanding.
The one (and only) bone I have to pick is that 'habit' feels like a slight misnomer with this book. It ends up being used as an umbrella term for "anything subconscious"... be it willpower, motivation or preferences. Truth be told, the core meat of how habits form, function and are malleable are covered within the first chapter or two. The rest is more social psychology, management and advertising. You hear how Target explored and perfected its data algorithms to identify pregnant women (and subtly masked this knowledge from them) - then get a "and from this we can see how habits can be formed" shoe-horned in to bring the topic back to the fore. Not that any of these other topics are disinteresting or poorly written, but it felt a bit directionless at times. More a compendium of fascinating psychological findings than a structured flow. It's thorough, but there's a few points I craved a bit more exploration of the idea (and its applications).
But that is where the critique ends. If you disassociate the idea that this is a psychological guide on habit forming / breaking...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's ok, but these things are mostly already known if you are used to reading personal improvement web sites etc.Published 3 days ago by Tommy
Being a safety professional where routine habits are so entrenched due to the type of work, helps how this could be changedPublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
One excellent chapter/story (the turnaround of Aloa) buried in others of varying quality. Overall, a collection of vignettes and ideas, looking for a theme that really ties... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Rutherbooks
First sections mostly contain some interesting information about habits supported research. However, apart from that there are not so many that you can clearly see the impact of... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Ayil
I thought this was a fantastic book, where the author has given me a well rounded insight into habits and this complex subject in Neurology. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Connor N.