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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change van [Duhigg, Charles]
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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 distill 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.


  • Editie: Kindle-editie
  • Bestandsgrootte: 1930 KB
  • Printlengte: 402 pagina's
  • Uitgever: Cornerstone Digital (5 april 2012)
  • Verkocht door: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Taal: Engels
  • ISBN-10: 1847946240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847946249
  • ASIN: B006WAIV6M
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  • Verbeterd lettertype: Ingeschakeld
  • Gemiddelde klantenbeoordeling: 5.0 van 5 sterren 1 klantenrecensie
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door Maik op 29 januari 2016
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Once you understand the power of habit, life won't be the same anymore. Perfectly written book with a nice storytelling style which makes the content easily to digest and wants you to keep on reading!
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Meest waardevolle klantenrecensies op (bèta) (er kunnen recensies van Early Reviewer Rewards-programma bij zitten) 4.5 van 5 sterren 4.203 recensies
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4.0 van 5 sterren A Janus-faced text, with very different halves 5 januari 2017
door Quiel - Gepubliceerd op
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Two halves coexist within this book’s covers. One is outstanding; the other is a bit sloppy. Part one is the heart of the book; it explains what habits are about, where they come from, how they’re hard-wired into our brains, and how they can be enormously powerful —both to enslave us and to free us if we only we learn how to handle them well (the book’s mission). I found this part of the book to be truly outstanding: well-researched, engagingly written and extremely persuasive. It combines scientific research, personal life-stories and journalistic interviews to great effect.

While the 1st part is circumscribed to the individual level of analysis, on parts 2 and 3 the author takes the analysis from the micro to organizations (meso-level) and societies (macro-level). The author describes “the power of weak ties” of social networks, and claims that it helps understand the rise of social movements —which it clearly does. But in his explanation, networks are rebranded as “the habit of peer pressure”. Networks —as well as peer pressure, or culture— can be powerful forces for change, undoubtedly. But networks are not habits —as per his own definition. Different phenomena are conflated into the concept of habits, and in doing so the concept loses elegance and consistency.

Intellectually, the book is revealing. On a personal level, it is incredibly useful —and I’m thankful to the author for writing it. I would have limited the book claims to the phenomena it can explain beyond any reasonable doubt. By taking the concept of habits beyond what it can solidly explain, parts 2 & 3 detract a bit of value and credibility from the book. Were it not for that, I would have given 5 stars to the book. In balance, this is still a great book that --with the caveat expressed-- I strongly recommend.
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3.0 van 5 sterren Three Chapters Worthwhile, The Rest is Filler 23 oktober 2013
door Zalmorion the Fantastic - Gepubliceerd op
Only three chapters are both interesting and useful, but they all slow down when the author drags us through stories that could have been condensed into a few sentences or a couple paragraphs. Frustrating.

The science is interesting, but shallowly covered. Basically the book is one big series of stories about how people changed habits to succeed in life.

If you are looking for help yourself in this area, look elsewhere. The author offers a small bit of useful advice:

Basically, you look for the cues/triggers that are starting the routine/habit that you are not happy with but cannot seem to stop. Then you determine what is the reward you are getting. Are you eating the candy because of low blood sugar or because you eat with friends and need a chat or because you are nervous and it calms you, etc.?

Discovering the triggers and rewards takes time and introspection--all left up to you. The book cannot help you there.

But once you do, you change the routine/habit by force of will every time you encounter the cue/trigger, making sure that the reward is the same. The cue and reward must be the same. So, instead of eating candy, you just go chat with friends on purpose, or you eat a better form of food to satisfy low blood sugar, or whatever.

When you feel like engaging in the "bad" habit, ask yourself what you get out of the habit beyond the superficial and obvious. Then replace that habit with a new one you desire to do that gives you the same type of reward/outcome/feeling. Do this over and over until it becomes . . . a habit.

So, there you go. Saved you money. Unless you enjoy random success stories. Then the book is a good read for you.

I wish I had not purchased this book, but you live and learn.
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5.0 van 5 sterren This is very important because we can learn from it how to replace a bad habit (smoking) with a good one (exercise) 26 december 2016
door Daniel R. Murphy - Gepubliceerd op
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Duhigg explores what science has to teach us about how habits are formed, how they function, how they can be modified and how they influence our lives and our business world. The book is divided into three parts: The Habits of Individuals, The Habits of Successful Organizations, and the Habits of Societies.
Based on studies of animal behavior and human behavior, we (that is rats, monkeys and humans) form habits the same way. There is a cue of some kind that triggers a habit, followed by some form of routine that has been completed memorized and operates more or less automatically, followed by some form of reward that reinforces the habit. Whether it is buckling our seat belt, brushing out teeth, smoking a cigarette or using heroin, this same habit loop operates in all of us.
The brain creates habits because it simplifies our activities. If we had to consciously decide and think out everything we do every day throughout the day from scratch it would be overwhelming for the brain. Habits are little routines that automate aspects of our behavior. We are not usually conscious that the habit is being formed, and once it is in place we need not expend much thought to follow it. It is a very effective efficiency that our minds use to free us up to think about other things.
Since we now know how a habit is formed and how they function we can modify existing habits and create new ones. We must identify the right cue which leads to the desired routine which is then followed by the reward. We must know in advance, or expect, the reward to motivate us to engage in the routine. The reward generates endorphins in the brain which are powerful motivators. They motivate us to repeat the routine every time the cue occurs. It is a bit more complex than that, but that is the gist of it.
Duhigg goes on to explain in fascinating detail how studies have shown us how we can modify a habit and how to replace one habit with another. This is very important because we can learn from it how to replace a bad habit (smoking) with a good one (exercise).
Certain habits also develop in organizations and in societies and they come together to create a culture, whether it is the culture of a corporation or the culture of a society. Culture, it seems, is primarily driven by key habits.
What I found useful about this book:
This book helps us understand how habits are formed and how we can use them to our benefit, change them when we need to and replace them when necessary. Duhigg does warn the reader that although we understand the way habits are made and altered it is not always easy to do it. Determining the actual cue for example can take some experimentation and work.
Readability/Writing Quality:
The book is very well written. It is engaging. It contains lots of references to studies and science but not in a dry or boring way. It is a series of fascinating stories. It is very well organized.
Notes on Author:
Charles Duhigg is an award winning investigative reporter for the New York Times.
Other Books by This Author:
Smarter, Faster, Better
Related Website:[...]
Three Great Ideas You Can Use:
1. Habits all function in the same basic way: a cue begins a behavior routine which ends in a reward. Once we understand this we can understand how habits work and how to change them or use them.
2. We are manipulated every day by business through habits. Marketing has become in many ways habit focused.
3. Once we know how to form and change a habit we can gain more real control over our own behaviors; we can replace bad habits and create good ones.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
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5.0 van 5 sterren This book changed me forever! 17 september 2016
door Josh Trent, Wellness Force - Gepubliceerd op
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This is more than just a book about why we do what we do, is it called action for our entire society to look within. Page after page as I absorb this incredible knowledge, I'm begin to also institute the cue- routine- reward framework in mind is coaching practice to see if incredible results with my clients. Not only has this book on the spot on the top of my list for referrals to clients and colleagues, but is also woven its way into the tapestry of my speaking and content creation as a wellness entrepreneur. This is more about how we live life from a heart centered place than the title ensues. I feel incredibly lucky to have come across this work as it has changed mindset about the art of living forever. Thank you for your incredible work Charles!
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5.0 van 5 sterren explains numerous techniques for changing and controlling habits and different ways to monitor your habits to better understand 21 februari 2017
door Brian S - Gepubliceerd op
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The Power of Habit is a well-written, transformational book analyzing personal, organizational, and societal habits. The author, Charles Duhigg, explains numerous techniques for changing and controlling habits and different ways to monitor your habits to better understand why you do what you do. Charles Duhigg teaches the reader on the complexity of habits and how they influence day-to-day life for individuals, organizations, and society through real life stories. The stories keeps the reader engaged, but I found the stories to be a bit repetitive. This book is a valuable read for anyone looking to break, analyze, or change personal habits and gain a better understanding on how habits impact day-to-day life. This book is a must read if you are looking to instill habits throughout your organization, or change bad employee habits. I had never heard of the Cue→Reward→Routine approach for influencing habits and now have a valuable tool for understanding my habits and how I can change them. The Power of Habit also analyzes willpower and offers techniques on how to reserve willpower to use throughout the day. If you are looking to make a change in your daily life, whether personal, organizational, or societal, READ THIS BOOK. More importantly, what happened to Mandy? Did she really break the habit for biting her nails? (Asking for a friend).