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This Book Became a Habit Review by Pamela Harvey
I originally bypassed this book, pre-judging it as more of the same from various mental health professionals and experts in neuroscience. Then I heard it referenced in an unrelated podcast about the game of Blackjack and my interest was piqued.

Some of the examples and case studies have frequently appeared in non-fiction and fiction alike, but this book makes use of plenty of other newer and more unusual (at least to me) examples, stories and experiences, and is quite salient on how habit works. I wasn't as interested in the dynamics of habit in groups and I almost put the book down and gave it a rest at the beginning of that section. I kept with it, though and was "hooked by habit" once again.

Can't add more to what others have said, though agreed, it would have been helpful to have had access to the user guide mentioned by another reviewer. I was not expecting a "how to" book on the methods of change in personal and professional life, so I was not disappointed, and actually I prefer a macro lens in books of this genre, and appreciated the aerial view of the dynamics of change, preferring it to a book on how habits develop and affect the individual in general and me personally. But the latter does get covered anyway and it's a bonus.

The narration is perfect and I am glad the author was not selected for this reading. That statement is not necessarily applicable to this book and this author as I have never heard his speaking voice but generally, self-narration frequently doesn't work all that well - just personal taste here - and I prefer a neutral voice, a reading by someone who is not necessarily a stakeholder in the book and whose interpretation can be more objective.

I'm sure I'll give this one another read at some point.

(Posted on 3/17/2019)
Fascinating!! Review by Shannon
This book is so informational, interesting and well told it makes me not want to stop listening to it! Understanding how habits are formed and called upon, and used in business has been very valuable!

(Posted on 3/17/2019)
Potentially life changing and a great listen. Review by Guilherme
The Power of Habit is a very interresting book. It's title says much about it. It is about the good and bad habits we acquire during our lives, the psychology and physiology behind them, put in a way anyone can understand.

The main idea behind it is that our lives to a great extent is made of habits, and most of the time we are only partially aware of them. So we live our lives happily or perhaps not so much, reacting to cues and not being able to get out of a nasty reinforcing vicious circle. How did you react the last time your better half came nagging at you? Did the quarrel resemble all the others?

The book by itself is a good listen but if you take what you learn here and apply to your personal life, you can probably change or get rid of the habits you dislike in yourself. Although I'm not entirely sure it would be useful in modifying someone else's behavior, since people would probably feel like Lab rats. It might be worth trying,

(Posted on 12/19/2018)
A Tidbit or Two Review by Curt
A rule of thumb about attending conferences is that if you come back with at least one good idea, it was probably worthwhile to invest your time.

I feel the same way about this book. Divide the number of pages by three and you probably have the ideal length for the material presented. However, the core premise is sound and the supporting stories are generally interesting. (Exception: The Tampa Bay Bucs example just didn't fit, no matter how hard the author tried to pound that square peg into a round hole.)

Bottom line: It's a so-so read, but worth slogging through.

(Posted on 12/19/2018)
Amazing, insightful, scary Review by Wes & Jaci
Great insight into how habits are formed. And a somewhat disturbing view into how corporate America can suck us in to habitually buying their productcs (burgers & fries, shampoo, gambling, etc.).

(Posted on 12/11/2018)
Interesting stories, but not all linked to Habits Review by Loren
Good reader, and many interesting stories about persons whose injuries allow a closer examination of those parts of the brain that control habits and other behaviors. And some of the other stories well researched (London Subway Fire, Rosa Parks boycott, etc,) and were interesting.

(Posted on 12/11/2018)
Excellent book on how habits influence us Review by Koleen
Learn good habits. The author gave a great overview of how habits are formed, how they affect our daily lives and how we can work to change them when they are not good. He offers real life examples of good and bad habits.

(Posted on 12/11/2018)
Excellent book on how habits influence us Review by Koleen
Learn good habits. The author gave a great overview of how habits are formed, how they affect our daily lives and how we can work to change them when they are not good. He offers real life examples of good and bad habits.

(Posted on 12/11/2018)
Interesting, not what I was looking for though. Review by Ashley
I expected more self help and less stories. Although the stories are supposed to be examples, the didn't actually cover the lesson on how to change habbits which I was looking for.

(Posted on 12/6/2018)
Get in the Habit Review by Lynn
Charles Duhigg is a reporter for the New York Times and author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. I picked this volume up out of sheer curiosity and was well rewarded for my reading time. This is an entertaining and informative book. The book falls into three major sections. In the first, Duhigg brings readers up to speed on current research about individual habits. Wait! Don’t let that discourage you from turning some pages in this book. It is really helpful material. In the next section, Duhigg applies what we are coming to understand about the development of habits to organizations. The most helpful chapter in this section concerns how Starbucks has institutionalized habits of success. In the final section, Habits of Societies, Duhigg describes how the Montgomery Bus Boycott came to be and how the pastor of Saddleback Church came to use habit to build his congregation. Both chapters are well worth the price of the book. Readers hoping to know how to break bad habits will not find direct advice. However, the book outlines how habits are formed and much can be gleaned from that perspective. I hope that Duhigg will follow this volume with others. His writing style is very good and his preparation is evident. The reading of Mike Chamberlain is excellent.

(Posted on 10/16/2018)

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