Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick

Written by:
Jeremy Dean
Narrated by:
Sean Pratt
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72
Narrator
8
Release Date
December 2012
Duration
6 hours 33 minutes
Summary
Say you want to start going to the gym or practicing a musical instrument. How long should it take before you stop having to force it and start doing it automatically?

The surprising answers are found in Making Habits, Breaking Habits, a leading psychologist's popular examination of one of the most powerful and underappreciated processes in the brain. Although people like to think that they are in control, the vast majority of human behavior occurs without any decision-making or conscious thought.

Drawing on hundreds of fascinating studies, psychologist Jeremy Dean busts the myths to finally explain why seemingly easy habits, like eating an apple a day, can be surprisingly difficult to form, and how to take charge of your brain's natural “autopilot” to make any change stick.

Witty and intriguing, Making Habits, Breaking Habits shows how behavior occurs more than just a product of what you think. It is possible to bend your habits to your will-and be happier, more creative, and more productive.
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Laura White

Great in depth analysis on habits. It is written in a way that is easy to understand and and relate-able. The narrator has a pleasant voice, not too high or nasal like. He enunciates the words while still maintaining a conversation like tone.

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Anonymous

I found myself bored at some parts of the book. It does expose some interesting research though.

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Anonymous

Decent read with an overview of some interesting psychological studies

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Al

Good explanation of how and why we do certain things, why some habits are performed and ways to break those habit, but I don’t think some of the applications suggested to break some of those habits can really be put to use easily. At least not the solutions that require mental replacement actions. Some of the reading was kinda boring but some of it was interesting.

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