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

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Da Capo Press, Jan 1, 2013 - Psychology - 264 pages
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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 psychologist’s popular examination of one of the most powerful and under-appreciated processes in the mind. Although people like to think that they are in control, much 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 is 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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Review: Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick

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Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do? Do you have trouble trying to make a lifestyle change toward being a happier, healthier, more creative you? In his book Making Habits, Breaking ... Read full review

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

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If you read it, the first 3 chapters are enough. The rest of the book is repetition. And it ends with a note urging the reader to follow the authors blog. This is a long form advertisement with some information from 2 obscure studies sprinkled in the middle. There are much better books on habits. Read full review


Birth of a Habit
An Unfair Fight
Your Secret Autopilot
Dont Think Just Do It
The Daily Grind
Stuck in a Depressing Loop
Making Habits
Breaking Habits
Healthy Habits
Creative Habits
Happy Habits

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Psychologist Jeremy Dean is the founder and author of the popular website "PsyBlog" (, which is viewed by upwards of 1 million readers monthly. The site analyses?with wit, clarity, and erudition?psychological studies that are relevant to everyday life. Dean launched PsyBlog in 2004, when he noticed a dearth of smart, readable news for those who like psychological insights backed up by science. Read the world over, the site has been featured in BBC News, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, The Guardian, and The London Times.

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