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This book will give you the in depth known knowledge about habits like: what are habits, How it build, and How can we change it.
Every chapter is written to give us basic or foundational understanding about habits, there is no hard-coded rule to change a habit, because we are dynamic, we are not same. So sometimes it easy to change a habit, sometimes it take time, but what's important is to consciously know the pattern of our habits. Every habit works in same pattern: 》Cue, Is like trigger point of an action. 》Routine, we do certain actions to complete the process. 》Reward, satisfaction/reward we get.
While this book kept popping in my feeds and conversations since many years, somehow got to reading it only now.
This is a well-researched book. The underlying premise is a good one – we carry out many actions as a result of habits rather than by careful evaluation, it is the way our brain develops. By recognizing how this happens, we have an opportunity to change our habits. The format of how we act out our habits is a simple loop of a cue which triggers anticipation, after which we follow-up a familiar good feeling pattern of action, which results in a reward we crave for. If we can recognize the cues and the rewards we crave, we can make substitutions in our actions to derive an equivalent satisfaction with some other action. Another key requirement is strengthening belief that this can be done. Some keystone habits can have a cascading trigger of effects across many dimensions and this is very well explained.
This is a very readable book – it has a good mix of neuroscience, research and some interesting stories. The appendix with tips on changing habits should actually be part of the main section itself. Some of the neuroscience quoted is still evolving though. Also, while the habit loop is abstracted to a nice simple flow, it does not ask a key question – what if your underlying reward craving is in itself flawed/misdirected? How can you graduate your thinking to a higher purpose and form habits which address that?
An intellectually stimulating read, which I recommend.
"Once a small win has been accomplished, forces are set in motion that favor another small win." —Cornell Professor. . We all in our life seek to this question which is the subtitle of this book, "Why we do what we do and how to change". Quite often we think about this and sometimes we ace in our own way and sometimes we get fail. . This book is based on hundreds of interviews and thousands of scientific research and social psychology. It's completely a human psychology read where so many personalities have shared their anecdotes from their life experiences and some through their sickness. . Generally, we want to make good habit and reflect best out. Have you ever noticed why do we sometimes even think to change our habits? It may be for our personal advantage, make by peer of society or get Influenced by friend or family. When we start making habit we need to break our previous routine which is quite tough for us. We get stuck at the "routine" thing. This is what affect us. Here's a key to solve this. . ✓Author has penned down the Hopkins formula after getting so many scientific studies — "Cue >>> Routine >>> Reward" ✓First, find a simple and obvious cue and second, clearly defined the rewards. For example- Hopkins had identified the cue as a yellowish layer teeth, reward is beautiful shiney teeth. He made the film where a lady showing shiney and beautiful smile. People want this habit because reward was tempting. So, Cue➡️ Routine➡️ Reward this is habit loop. There are numerous such examples are given in this book from sports, medical, company like Alcoa and many more which totally follow this formula. . This book is more like a compilation rather than writing out own segments. I recommend this book who have so much patience to go through each paper as every topic is thought provoking. . There's a medical case where memory is governed by habit, not through actual brain activity. That's quite fascinated me. That one case became the scientist research of interest and all these came out. If you want to make habit this book will help you but not effortlessly.
Hello, first of all i want to say that i am using AMAZON since 2018 and buy several products but never feel a need to review for them. they all was good but i am not a kind of person do who review for every product i buy Life is busy you know bla bla...BUT when it came to this book it was all different. I have read the book already and it's been 3 months... ok let's do it quick I WAS ADDICTED WITH A HABIT a very bad habit, which was destroying my life , my body , my relations, my time everything...I had tried soooo much ways to get rid of it but it was always a total failure i just started frustrated and feeling depresed all the time ..and i dont know how i get to this book i remember that i was midnight a week before my birthday. so i just found it and just buy it . i think it deserve a try AND YOU WON'T BELIEVE what it did it's like magical Totally SCIENTFIC, KNOWLEDGEABLE , LIFECHANGING . example is the only way to understand and the author know it very well so there are a total of 9 chapter which explains everything. You might feel a bit bore between the chapters but it all good...SO let's finish it I WANT TO THANK THE AUTHOR from the bottom of my heart of such a life changing book for me. and suggest everyone that if you are a person like me WHO WANT TO DO SOMETHING , TO CHANGE SOMETHING so the first step is change yourself and here is the first step i guess FIRST CHANGE YOUR HABITS... THANK YOU.
What’s the common success factor between Michael Phelps, Aluminium Company of America and African-American Civil Rights Movement ? Talent, Scale, Persistence? Nopes. Habit.Says the author. In this well researched book, Charles Duhigg takes us through an interesting journey of human behavior and the underlying habits which lead us to different paths. He refers several psychological and neurological studies to first illustrate what habits are, how they work and then how these can be changed. In the process gives us an almost scientific method of how to develop or change habits. It did help me see habits in a new light and also gave the confidence to change or build these, through a step by step process. The book defines Habits as 3 step process – Cue, Routine and Reward. Cue is what triggers the habitual behavior, Routine is the behavior itself and the Reward is the end result. For example – Boredom is the Cue which leads an office worker to routinely take a coffee break and get rewarded with some socializing in cafeteria. While you may look at habits in multiple other ways, the author relates the above process with many studies and examples and wonderfully divides each into these 3 steps. The book further illustrates how tackling each of these steps can help one to transform or change habits. One of the interesting example is how these constructive routes have helped Michael Phelps build habits with the ultimate reward – excellence. The book is divided into three parts - Habits of Individuals, Organisations and Societies. As you navigate through the book , from examples of personal transformation of addicts and sportsmen to those of Corporations and further of Communities , you do notice the logic paradigm, so painstakingly build by the author, becoming weaker. The author starts to rely more on the strength of narrative than the scientific basis. You may start noticing these chinks as you read through elaborate examples of Organisational Habits and get very distant from initial logic and inspiration by the time you are mid way in the Society. Nevertheless the examples throughout the book are well written, elaborate and make for an inspiring read and the first part is possibly much scientifically convincing than the 7 habits by Stephen Covey. The concept of Keystone Habits seems good reminder of how small key changes can cause dominos effect, leading to change in many other behaviors. In the end, the author compensates with a well written last chapter on how to apply the learnings from the book for personal transformation. In a nutshell, this is a personal transformation, management philosophy and socio-cultural research rolled into a single book. The book is entertaining, inspiring, not necessarily unputdownable but never a drag. I m sure this isn’t the last word from Charles Duhigg and keen to read and review his next work, which I hear is already out. Recommended read.
Quality of the pages is very good... Everything with regards to purchase was top notch, my review is more related to the content of the book. I have read quite some books... If you want detailed knowledge about the experiments conducted and how big MNCs inducted habits inside general public then this book is for you... It has a lot of details... If you are a new reader i would recommend "Atomic Habits" instead of this one... Atomic habits is consise, and you can apply the tricks in your daily life straight away... It's interesting, very less repetitive and relatable. "The Power of Habit" is an amazing book but only for those who have read a lot of books, for ameture readers like me "Atomic Habits" is a better choice i think.