Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in…

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Charles Duhigg

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,8691093,696 (3.89)55
Title:The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Authors:Charles Duhigg
Info:Random House (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 400 pages
Collections:Your library

Work details

The Power of Habit: why we do what we do in life and business by Charles Duhigg (2012)

  1. 00
    Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill (trav)
  2. 00
    Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath (Asumi)
  3. 00
    No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process by Colin Beavan (mene)
    mene: In "The Power of Habit", it is described why people do things a certain way. The reason people buy so many things is also explained. "No Impact Man" is a good example of someone changing their habits (in a very extreme way). The author of "No Impact Man" also talks about why people buy so many things, among other things.… (more)
  4. 01
    How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer (Anonymous user)

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 55 mentions

English (109)  Spanish (2)  All languages (111)
Showing 1-5 of 109 (next | show all)
This book is rated three stars not because it is a bad book, but because it is not quite as exciting as a work of nonfiction. That said, it is definitely an interesting work, and applies the science of habit to many things that I would not have previously associated with habits. Particularly interesting was the explanation of Target's data analysis, and how that relates to shopper habits, and the explanation of how a song becomes a habit. This was explained in terms of listening habits. In all, it is a useful book, and opens one's eyes to the habits that underlay everything we do. ( )
  Muir_Alex | Jan 18, 2015 |
Great - read it in Morocco on holiday and *****almost**** managed to get my non-reading husband to finish reading it also! ( )
  LizzieHG | Jan 13, 2015 |
Some of this was incredibly interesting, some of it was not.

I listened to the audiobook and believe the narrator was on the brink of a serious cold ... ( )
  beebowallace | Oct 24, 2014 |
A recent internet phenomenon, the viral music video 'What does the fox say?', is a terrific example of the stickiness factor described in the book. Although the lyrics is utter nonsence (hilarious, but not typical to that of a hit), the song itself sounds so familiar and recognisable that you can't help but listen and listen and listen to it again.

The first part is great and incredibly useful: it explains the mechanisms and formation of habits. It's not only a fascinating read for an inquisitive mind and a life-long scholar of the human nature, but also a practical manual on how to create, replace or get rid of habits. Highly recommend it!

However, when we reach the second, and especially the third parts, over-detalization and excessive description of people, their look and family history become annoying. First of all, this book could easily be twice a long and loose nothing. Second of all, it could be cut into three different books represented by three parts. Because the form in which it is now suggests that the author tries to squeeze to many irrelevant theories under the umbrella of the habit formation.

Final opinion: read the first part, it's damn cool. Skip the rest (find better books on the subject instead). ( )
  NatalieAsIs | Oct 23, 2014 |
All my other problems with this book aside, I want to know on what planet Rick Warren deserves to share a book chapter with Martin Luther King, Jr. ( )
  lemontwist | Oct 6, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 109 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To Oliver, John Harry, John and Doris, and, everlastingly, to Liz.
First words
She was the scientists' favorite participant.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
A young woman walks into a laboratory.  Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life.  She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work.  The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketeers at Proctor & Gamble study videos of people making their beds.  The are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, which is on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history,  Suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern -- and with a slight shift in advertising, Febreze goes on to earn a billion dollars a year.

An untested CEO takes over one of the largest companies in America.  His first order of business is attacking a single pattern among his employees -- how they approach worker safety -- and soon the firm, Alcoa, becomes the top performer in the Dow Jones.

What do all these people have in common?   They achieved success by focussing on the patterns that shape every aspect of our lives.

They succeeded in transforming habits.

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 changes.   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 Proctor & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation's largest hospitals to 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 business, our communities, and our lives.  [from the jacket]
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 6 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 avail.
964 wanted
4 pay5 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.89)
1 3
1.5 1
2 25
3 90
3.5 30
4 187
4.5 25
5 104


An edition of this book was published by Audible.com.

See editions

LibraryThing Early Reviewers Alumn

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg was made available through LibraryThing Early Reviewers. Sign up to possibly get pre-publication copies of books.

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 96,178,848 books! | Top bar: Always visible