The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Book Club Kit - 2014 | Book club edition
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Identifies the neurological processes behind behaviors, explaining how self-control and success are largely driven by habits and providing guidelines for achieving personal goals and overall well-being by adjusting specific habits.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014
Edition: Book club edition
ISBN: 9780812981605
Branch Call Number: 158.1 D882P 2014
Characteristics: 15 books (xx, 383 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm) + 1 binder, in bin (27 x 42 x 28 cm.)


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ArapahoeMaryA Aug 01, 2019

Who doesn’t have at least a few bad habits? Duhigg’s analysis of habit formation and reformation makes for an interesting and worthwhile read.

Jul 02, 2019

Meh, the habit loop was a good presented idea. Otherwise the rest was more just filler and that was the only idea they had in the book. I know some of what this guy said was opinion based, so not good a science psychology book as you may want it to be

Jun 02, 2019

This book provides a deep analysis of how powerful and useful your daily habits are. This can be an eye-opener for people who are curious on why they do some things in a specific order or manner. I think that this book will answer most or all of these questions. Backed by published scientific research and real-life evidence, it proves that our most basic movements and schedules are determined by our habits, not our conscious decisions. The book provides different examples for every different scenario, also indirectly giving you tips for creating good habits for yourself.

I rated this book a 10/10 because of it’s insight on most primitive parts of the human brain. This made me much more conscious of decisions I make throughout the day. I would recommend this book to anyone as this anyone can relate to this.

kristina_rad Feb 22, 2019

Want to understand why you do what you do, and why it can be so challenging to establish a new habit (even if you really, really want to have a particular result)? Understanding how habits work may hold the key to moving towards the results that you want to achieve. This book is full of insights and science based research that sparked many 'Aha!' moments while flipping the pages . Absolutely worth reading, studying and taking action on the idea's!

VanWaniel Feb 12, 2019

This books has some amazing insights--the psychology of habit forming especially spoke to me, but I love the hope presented about changing habits as well.

Dec 26, 2018

Really cool insights were presented on behavior. I still apply some of the cases discussed in real life till this day.

Jul 21, 2018

All of his books are my favorite books and are very interesting.

Jul 11, 2018

"The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg is a fantastic look into our habits, and just how much they effect our lives. The habit loop - cue, routine, reward owns so much of our minds. This book will show examples on what they are, how they can be harnessed, and just how much they own our subconscious mind. I've read this book 3 times now, and I'm still pulling out insights!

Jun 19, 2018

This genre of book (taking topics in science, economics, etc. and adding 200 pages of simplified case studies and then getting RAVE reviews) is all the same, a bit of interesting information, good research, and alot of unnecessary case studies and anecdotes. Many of these are shoehorned in and have only a mild connection to the topic. I needed to form a habit loop just to turn on the audiobook and listen to a chapter !

Jan 14, 2018

Very good book about habits: cue, routine, reward. It has stories about how different habits has affected people, how people succeeded in changing habits, etc. It's a very good book about being more self-aware and potential for growth as well as self-change.

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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 13, 2019

Habits can be changed, if we understand how they work.

Habits, scientists say, emerge because the brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort.

When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks. So... unless you find new routines—the pattern will unfold automatically.

This explains why habits are so powerful: They create neurological cravings. Most of the time, these cravings emerge so gradually that we’re not really aware they exist, so we’re often blind to their influence. But as we associate cues with certain rewards, a subconscious craving emerges in our brains that starts the habit loop spinning.

That’s why signing kids up for piano lessons or sports is so important. It has nothing to do with creating a good musician or a five-year-old soccer star. When you learn to force yourself to practice for an hour or run fifteen laps, you start building self-regulatory strength.


"The behaviors that occur unthinkingly are evidence of our truest selves" -Aristotle


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Oct 14, 2015

The book contends that basis of most of our actions are based off of this pattern. Cue-response-reward. When repeated enough these patterns are ingrained into us and become habits. The book contends in chapter 3 that we can't eliminate habits, only replace them. To do this you identify the cue, replace with a new action, and then are rewarded. For example if you have a cookie everyday at 3 PM, you instead go for a walk, you have replaced the bad habit. At the end of the book he explains how to change a habit. 1. Identify the routine 2. experiment with different rewards 3. Isolate the cue 4. Develop a plan to have alternatives somewhere in the path.

Common Cues are: location, time, emotional state, other people, immediately proceeding actions. Experiment (failures will provide feedback) until you change your habit.


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