“This book was fascinating, enlightening, and useful for every day life. I've learned a lot about habit from the various stories, studies, and experiments (subjects include Febreze, amnesia, gambling, Starbucks, protests, murder...). I plan to use the knowledge I've gained about free will and habits to improve my life. Really happy I read this :)”tal982 wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting book on personal and institutional change by means of changing habits. Well written, full of examples, and something I hope I can apply in my own life.”Frank Steele wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In the sequence of reading, The Power of Habit followed hot on the heals of consuming Incognito: The Secret Life of the Brain by David Eagleman. At first I recognized several similarities of content and almost fell prey to passing on Duhigg's offering. I am glad I persisted or at least that my autometronic unconsciousness pushed me to read it.
The most enjoyable aspect of reading this book following a similar were the comparisons and contrasts in style. On so many levels the information was almost the same, but the how in regard to delivery was subtlety different and more enjoyable to read.
Using a form of parenthetical storytelling, Duhigg told story after story jumping from one to the other until my mind caught and appreciated the style. Once wooed to this form of storytelling, I began to not only appreciate the anecdotal reinforcements, but integrated them into my comprehension of the principles driving each story.
Whether the story involved the Montgomery Bus Boycott, victims of not-so-free-will behaviors, a mega church melancholic pastor, nobody to hero football coach, or architects of advertisement revolutions I remained engaged on a personal level. Each story is woven with the under-girding principle that to change a habit, a person must believe that they can change. Therefore each story contrasts habitual behaviors and the necessity for change with practical and achievable methods of application.
This may have been the book I needed to read all year. ”
“How to identify the cue -] program -] reward loops that are driving our lives and create change where desired, kind of a user's manual for yourself, too bad we don't get this in highschool.”sven olbrechts wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good book. If you want to learn about how much of what we do is out of habit and how hard it is to change then this book is for you. A very good read...I enjoyed it. Note: if you like this book and realize you have issues, you might also like "Focus" by Al Ries, "Drive" by Daniel Pink, "Nudge" by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, and "Integrity" by Dr. Henry Cloud.”Christopher Mengel wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“too much unnecessary dramatization, low information density, out of date and in accurate scientific information, can not believe it has such high rating on amazon.”Ali Moeeny wrote this review Saturday, October 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fantastic...awesome read...after reading got amazed how how brain works and how automated our life is through habits....now plan to apply ideas in real life..hope i would be successful”neeraj goyal wrote this review Sunday, October 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book and a good read. Lots of insite to what makes us do the things we do and how we might work to develop better habits. ”Sam A. Lewis wrote this review Tuesday, November 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Must Read”Donna Zerfass wrote this review Thursday, October 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My Weight Watchers leader recommended we read this one this week. To be honest, I wasn't excited. I'm not big on nonfiction. Usually it's written in a way that's so incredibly dry that I just can't get through it. Even the highly recommended ones tend to be dry as dust to me. However, I dutifully noted the title and author and went home to see if my library had it. I figured they wouldn't, so that would be the end of it. But they actually had it and it was even checked in and at my local branch. So I got it.
I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised with this one. This one read, to me, the same way Freakonomics did. It's lots of interesting stories that relate to the topic. It's not dry in the least. I definitely highly recommend this one. However, if you're expecting something with a lot of concrete advice on how to actually CHANGE your habits, this will not be in. But it is very interesting.”