The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed. Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figur A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. ...

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Title:The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Author:Charles Duhigg
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Power of Habit
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:375 pages pages

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Reviews

  • Mary Helene
    May 21, 2012
    What a great story teller! and these stories have been spreading. Every time I talk with someone about this book, they've already heard one of the stories! (Is Mr.Duhigg all over the airwaves or are his stories just re-tellable?) In light of the recent rebuke of American nuns, I'd ...
  • Trevor
    Mar 29, 2012
    I need to start with the obvious ? this guy is one of those writers. One of those writers that make you want to track him down and hurt him. And not just him, maybe even his pets too. He assumes you are as thick as dog-shit and that you won?t get what it is he is talking about unle...
  • Diane
    Jul 06, 2012
    This was an interesting collection of research about habits and routines. The book felt Gladwellian in that it combined a variety of case studies while arguing a central theme, just as Malcolm Gladwell tends to do in his books. I think my favorite sections were the ones on Starbuck...
  • K
    Apr 02, 2012
    Read this because of fascinating NYT magazine excerpt on how Target tracks our buying habits. The rest of the book is not as compelling -- anecdotes sometimes don't support particular arguments he's attempting to illustrate (the Hey-Ya examples being the most egregious), and his sectio...
  • Elyse Walters
    Jun 12, 2017
    Our local book club read this a few years ago. I thought I had a review....perhaps it disappeared? Maybe it's still here? I saw a friend currently reading it. I thought this book explained some useful information: Talked about success through good habits - organizational skills...
  • Johnny
    Jul 23, 2012
    Judging from the prologue of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, the first thing necessary in modifying one?s behavior is to note the actual components of that behavior. The author cites a visit with a military officer in charge of normalizing a village (Ku...
  • Sue
    Jul 06, 2012
    The title of this book may be misleading if you want to lose weight, stop procrastinating, or get to appointments on time. It would be easy to think you?d found a self-help book. Okay, maybe it could help a reader break an unwanted habit. Duhigg does try to analyze those behaviors. T...
  • Schmacko
    Apr 11, 2012
    Charles Duhigg has three fascinating half-books here. They?re all joined by the theme of habits. He speaks of habits from a personal perspective. Then he talks about business habits, switching from cognitive psychology to organizational psychology. And finally, he talks about sociolo...
  • Rhianna
    May 09, 2012
    This may be a crappy review since its going up via iPhone. Sorry. First caveat: I work in research. A big part of my job is creating these habit loops and seeing if they can be altered or enhanced via medication. Second caveat: I'm a nerd and love journal articles, scientific ...
  • Chad Warner
    Mar 17, 2013
    This long-winded book explains how habits form in individuals, organizations, and social groups. Despite the intriguing premise, the verbose anecdotes left me screaming, ?I get the point already!? A better book (or article) would have resulted from taking the appendix (a short, pra...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Jun 18, 2012
    Nothing Succeeds Like Success: A Case Study Hey. Have you heard of Thomas Baker? How about Carol Wright? Chris Cameron? Vineet Shaw? Let us discuss Baker. Thomas Baker was an average joe, but not without ambitions. A few years ago, acting on a tip, Tom, a competitive enough guy...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Jun 12, 2017
    I thought this would be a self-help book on tips of how to improve habits and it is much more than that. The author analyzes habits on different levels such as in individuals, organizations, businesses and societies. He uses real-life examples and historic events to describe behavioral...
  • Thomas
    Jul 18, 2015
    How do some of us wake up for 6 a.m. jogs every day? What leads people to develop gambling addictions? Why do people brush their teeth every day while never remembering to wear sunscreen? Charles Duhigg answers these questions and more in The Power of Habit, a well-researched book on w...
  • Andy
    Jun 04, 2012
    This book claims to explain how new science can help us stop bad habits. The advice on habit change ultimately comes down to the appendix with the author's personal anecdote about trying to lose weight. The conclusion is obvious and it's not science; it's just some dude's story. People...
  • Mirek Kukla
    Jun 24, 2012
    Review The ?Power of Habit? is a frustrating book to review. At its core, it presents ideas that are both interesting and practical: this book will - or at least might ? change the way you think about, form, and conquer habits. At the same time, it?s flooded with same fuzzy an...
  • Franz
    Mar 14, 2012
    If you are looking for a how-to book, in the strict sense this isn't it. But if you want to change your habits you can glean how to do so from the main text, and Duhigg provides specific hints in an appendix. Duhigg does tell us how habits form without our awareness (every habit follow...
  • Arda
    Jan 28, 2013
    Enjoyable. The book presents a framework of understanding how habits work, and serves as a guide to show how to change habits. ?Once you choose who you want to be, believe you want to change, and it becomes real.? ?Visualize the kind of person you would like to become, focus...
  • Whitley Birks
    Mar 04, 2012
    This is a review of an ARC received through a First Reads giveaway. For most of my adult life, I have struggled with bad habits that have kept me unemployed, ineffective when I was employed, unable to do the things that I want, and generally unhappy. About once a year I try and rein...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    Feb 05, 2016
    I remember reading a story by the famous Malayalam writer Padmarajan called Oru Sameepakala Durantham ("A Tragedy of Recent Times"). It tells of a housing colony in Kerala, bitten by the exercise bug in the early eighties. Someone gets up before sunrise and starts jogging. Soon, he is ...
  • Sonja Arlow
    Aug 05, 2016
    I first heard about this book during a Ted Talk or some other podcast and was immediately interested. The book is split in 3 sections. Personal habits, corporate habits and societal habits. Everything was presented in easy to digest segments, anecdotes and examples but I have to ...
  • Scott
    Jul 06, 2012
    Duhigg's Power of Habit offered a staggering statistic about our lives: 40% of what we do is habitual. 40 percent! That means that a huge majority of what we do in our lives is practically unconscious and habitually helping us progress or digress. The major takeaways for me include...
  • Heidi The Reader
    Jul 31, 2019
    The Power of Habit examines behaviors you may not even know you have and hands you the tools to make lasting change at home, at work and in your community... if you want it. "Each chapter revolves around a central argument: Habits can be changed, if we understand how they work." pro...
  • Nada EL Shabrawy
    May 08, 2018
    Expect a video about this marvelous book soon. ...
  • Yousif Al Zeera
    Aug 21, 2012
    This book delves into some science behind the notion of "habits". It hands out the "scientific" process of changing habits. In between, there are interesting stories of how individuals, societies and companies can make the best use out of their habits or other people's habits. ...
  • Robert Chapman
    Sep 14, 2012
    This is great book, and you need to read it. How is that for a definitive opening line? The reason it?s such a good book is because it uses research to explain how habits are formed and changed. Everyone knows someone who was out of shape, or was a smoker, and then in what appeared a...
  • sleeps9hours
    Jun 29, 2012
    I just read Kelly McGonigal's "The Willpower Instinct", so I can't help but compare the two. Duhigg is an investigative reporter for the NY Times, while McGonigal is a research psychologist, and the differences come across in the writing. McGonigal has a much better grasp on the res...
  • Ginger
    Apr 19, 2017
    I feel like I?ve just climbed Mt. Rainier. Why you ask? I finished a non-fiction book! So, I started this climbing excursion because I have bad habits. We all do most of the time. My bad habits are eating unhealthy food, drinking too much wine, not getting enough exercise or procr...
  • Manuel Antão
    Oct 06, 2018
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Chi Kung Ritual: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (original review, 2012) I was just thinking earlier this week about the 4 dimensions of rituals that Mervin Ve...
  • Eli
    Feb 19, 2019
    There was nothing really new here but the writing style was very interesting and I loved how the author put a lot of random but fascinating information in it! ...
  • Joe Soltzberg
    Aug 17, 2015
    A very good book about habit formation. My favorite parts were the various stories and anecdotes the author provided for each lesson about habits. The book is fairly cohesive and my only complaint is that the 'how to use this book' section at the end is a bit too simple and doesn't enc...