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In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distil vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation. Along the way we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation's largest hospitals and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren't destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

©2012 Charles Duhigg (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

Critiques

"It’s a fascinating insight into making and breaking habits and offers practical advice, funny stories and critical thinking." ( Press Association)
“In his book The Power Of Habit Charles Duhigg approaches the subject of what habits are and how we can ultimately change them. Written in an engaging style, with just the right balance of scientific fact and actual examples…” ( The Book Garden Blog)

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Easy to listen to but very poor content

2 hours in and I have yet to learn something of value. The book is basically a series of examples of individuals with bad habits and how they overcome them. But the mechanism behind habits is not very well explained/very poor. I would recommend the book of Kelly McKonigal - The WillPower Instinct- which offers a much deeper insight on the world of habits, willpower and self control which are all linked. The book offers exercices to try and summary at the end of each chapter to remember the big idea.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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Plus riche que je ne le croyais

J'avais vu la conférence TED de l'auteur et j'ai mis longtemps à me décider à écouter le livre entier, pensant que ça serait plus ou moins la même chose délayée.
C'est bien le même sujet mais plutôt que de le délayer, l'auteur approfondit son sujet et j'ai trouvé les approfondissements très intéressants et très utiles.
Le concept de départ (la manière de reprogrammer ses habitudes pour enclencher des changements durables) est assez simple à comprendre mais c'est la mise en pratique qui est subtile. Le livre donne beaucoup d'exemples, dans des domaines aussi différents que la diététique, le marketing, le management ... c'est très intéressant.
Très bien lu aussi (narrateur chevronné, j'ai écouté plusieurs livres lus par Mike Chamberlain ;-).

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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interesting but too long

interesting aspects about memory and habits but there are too many concrete examples which are the biggest part of the book

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great

amazing book. the reader is clear and perform well. the writing is scientific but everyone can undertand. the subject is very interesting and beleive it to be good advise for everyone

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Recommend to anyone

great self improvement book. it changed completely the way I see myself and my habits for the better

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très bon livre

bien structuré et reflecte sur les points critiques de prise d'habitude par la boucle d'habitutes

  • Global
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useful to understanding human behaviour

Great mix of research and practical tips but potentially feels like too broad a definition of a 'habit'.

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Great insights to start gaining control

Though the book might be a bit long in its illustrative stories the author clearly explains how habits actually work at a personal, social, company or institutional level and give practical advice on where to start.

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Good overall

Overall a good book. Only thing I didn't like much is that the book dedicate too much space to concrete examples of habits (real people stories) and how they affect people's life, and not enough space on reflection/investigation of the core concepts.

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Disappointing

Too many details without really giving readers the how to - a good storyteller but not a practical how to

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  • Hamada
  • 28/08/2013

I want more

Where does The Power of Habit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it is probably in the top 10%

Any additional comments?

The book is such a tease!! hold on, it is probably not fair to say that. the book is really valuable it offers great insight into the mind and how it works, into how habits form. but I need more.

1) there is so much around us that take advantage of how habits form, in a way that is sometimes (in my view) unethical. it makes me question a lot of the marketing that takes place. also made me wonder who has access to my habits and how do they use it. SCARY

2) the book offers no recipe for change. it tells you change is possible, it tells you the ingredients of the habit which can be potentially used for affecting change but it still leaves you wondering how to portion out the ingredients. not intentionally but just because of the nature of habit and the nature of individuals and how divers they are. it makes me want more.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Udo
  • 05/04/2013

Only stories, no evidence

This book is from beginning to the end an example for all kind of cognitive fallacies and biases.

Don't get me wrong:
I believe that most of the author's hypotheses are true. But, the author does a very poor job of showing convincing evidence for his hypotheses.

You encounter instead hindsight bias, availability bias, non-sequiturs and anecdotal evidence.

For example, the author gives several examples of success stories, like "CEO "x" was very successful. CEO "x" used to do "y". Therefore, doing "y" is the reason why CEO "x" was successful. "

What about all the other CEOs who did "y" but weren't successful?
What else did CEO "x" do? Maybe one of THOSE things also contributed to the success as well?

I found myself repeatedly saying: "You cannot conclude that from what you just told me!"

Only few examples are given, where a scientific approach and unbiased logic were used.


I also think, that some anecdotes lighten up the flow of a non-fiction-book.
But an entire book full of anecdotes?

Furthermore, most of the stories are soooo tedious. E.g. I had to fast forward the story about this coach guy....

Also, I found the narrator a little bit annoying: in my opinion there was too much over-emphasizing and dramatization.

Over all, I regret the time for listening to this book.

I give two stars instead of just one star, because the hypotheses shown in this book are very interesting.

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  • Global
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  • Carl
  • 15/05/2012

Truly Life Changing

Any additional comments?

If you're reading this then chances are, you want to change something in your life. I've read self help books for years, some good, many terrible. This book stands head and shoulders above them all because the core concept of the book is a prerequisite for any other self help book to work.

In my opinion, anyone can write a self help book full of useful tips. You know the ones - "start with your outcome in mind, set goals, seek the advice of mentors, exercise in the morning, blah blah blah". Nothing wrong with any of that advice ..... other than the fact that so few people have the ability to follow it.

This book is the missing foundation. It's the platform that once in place will provide you the means to make successes of all the other self-help books out there (if you still need them that is).

And one more thing. Duhigg's methodology isn't really 'his' methodology. It relies on current research surrounding the triggers and rewards that make us do the things we do. It's refreshing to read a self-help book like this; one where the author forms his conclusions from empirical research instead of the all too frequent self help author who wakes us one day and writes a book about how much better our lives would be if we were self-disciplined.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 30/12/2018

Excellent book if you want to eliminate bad habits

If you have bad habits that you want to change or new ones you want to implement then I would listen to this audiobook. Most of the book is basically explaining the psychology of how habits work, both individually and within a group. The highlight is in the appendix where how to change a habit is broken down into a 4 step process!

  • Global
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  • Rurik McKaiser
  • 22/11/2018

The type of book that is filled with insights!

Whenever I read this book I am reminded of some new and very practical tool that I can use.

This very practical book is definitely worth reading and rereading.

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 04/11/2018

Not what I expected.

While the book teaches the fundamentals of habits and in the end accomplishes what it promised to do, in my opinion the countless stories are not needed at all. It goes in great unnecessary detail and in the end the points made are the same. This book could have been half the pages it is and that might be an understatement! Do not purchase this if you're looking for a compact book that goes straight to the point. This could be great for people that want to learn more about habits while not being bombarded with complex terminology but rather digest the book through entertaining stories.

Overall it's not a bad book but definitely not for me since I feel it wasted more time than it taught me.

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  • Bruce J. Little
  • 27/10/2018

This book was disappointing.

It was longwinded. Should've been a blog post and not a book. He labours a point.

  • Global
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  • Anonymous User
  • 25/10/2018

Better than expected!

When I chose this book I was expecting another shallow self help book full of one liners and bullet points. Instead, the way it's structured by narrating stories, adding quoted research and cutting off with subtle cliffhangers made it an exhilarating, interesting listen. Highly recommended!!

  • Global
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  • Anonymous User
  • 02/10/2018

What a good story<br />

I really enjoy every second of this book. Well worth the money and time listening to it.

  • Global
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  • Anonymous User
  • 19/09/2018

Great explanation on the psychology of habits.

Good delivery of the content. Well researched and enlightening. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Well done.

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  • Anna
  • 28/08/2015

A book on football history...

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Die Theorie der habit formation und changing habits ist absolut faszinierend, dieses Buch trägt jedoch nicht wirklich zu neuen Einsichten bei. Anstatt sich mehr auf den wissenschaftlichen Hintergrund zu fokusieren - was das Buch vermutlich um mindestens 50% gekürzt hätte - gibt es endlose Beschreibungen von Spielzügen in Football Spielen, die absolut nichts mit habit formation/changing habits zu tun haben. (Offenbar ist der Autor ein Fan der Football Geschichte. Ich bin keiner, daher waren diese Passagen extrem mühsam und unnötige Zeitverschwendung.)

Irgendwie kam der Autor leider auch nicht "in die Gänge". Das Buch ist holprig, man hat das Gefühl, dass einfach nichts weiter geht. Gespannt wartet man darauf, dass endlich die Gründer hinter Gewohnheiten beleuchtet werden, leider durchwegs vergeblich. Anstatt dessen bekommt man die Geschichte der Katzenbesitzerin, die den Katzengestank in ihrem Haus nicht riechen konnte...

Leider war auch die Auswahl des Sprechers für ein "Sachbuch" ein totaler Fehlgriff. Chamberlain wäre vermutlich gut eingesetzt, wenn es sich hierbei um einen Fantasy oder Fiction Roman handeln würde. Er bemüht sich sehr, theatralisch zu sein - was bei einem Buch wie diesem jedoch eher fehl am Platz ist, und bereits nach kurzer Zeit recht nervtötend ist.

Alles in allem muss ich sagen, dass ich mir im Laufe dieses Buches mehrmals überlegt habe, die Widergabe einfach zu beenden. Was mich am Ende gehalten hat, war die Hoffnung, dass ich am Ende doch wertvolle Einsichten erlangen könnte - eine Hoffnung, die sich am Ende leider als vergebens herausgestellt hat.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Sandra
  • 17/07/2016

Interesantes Buch mit Erkenntnisgewinn

Dieses Buch stand schon länger auf meiner Liste. Die Fallbeispiele sind aufschlussreich und erläutern die Bedeutung von Gewohnheiten. Am Ende gibt es noch eine Zusammenfassung, was beachtet werden sollte, wenn man die eigenen Gewohnheiten ändern möchte. Das Buch lässt sich auf alle Lebenslagen ausweiten, das hat mir besonders gefallen.

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