I’ve chosen to write this particular book summary because I found Charles Duhigg’s, “The Power of Habit; Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,” to be very helpful. Reading Duhigg’s published work clarified things for me, regarding the behavior of myself and others, in ways I would never have imagined before picking up his book. Discovering, right here in this very first section, “Forty percent of what we do is based upon habits?” That was just the first of a few major eye opening tidbits of highly useful information. Continue reading Prolog: Charles Duhigg’s The Power Of Habit Book Chapter Summary.
In this chapter of, “The Power of Habit,” Charles Duhigg shows us, through case studies, that our minds do not have to be fully intact for habits to continue to influence our lives. In fact, regardless of how badly the human brain may be injured, so long as the basal ganglia is unharmed, it has been found to be entirely possible for a person suffering severe memory loss to continue performing tasks without consciously remembering how to do them. It has also been found to be entirely possible, through repetition, for people with severe memory issues to develop new habits without consciously being aware of having done so. Continue reading Chapter 1: The Habit Loop: Charles Duhigg’s The Power Of Habit Book Chapter Summary.
Thanks to Charles Duhigg, we now know about the habit loop. We know that it is comprised of three components; the cue, routine and reward. We even know from reading up to this point in his original publication that anything from a candy bar to an emotion can act as a cue. Continue reading Chapter 2: How To Create New Habits: Charles Duhigg’s The Power Of Habit Book Chapter Summary.
Charles Duhigg writes to us, in the third chapter of the power of habit, that we can successfully change a habit simply by keeping the old cue and reward in place. All we need to do is change the routine. Of course, as simple as that sounds, “It isn’t necessarily that easy!” Continue reading Chapter 3: The Golden Rule Of Habit Change: Charles Duhigg’s The Power Of Habit Book Chapter Summary.
It doesn’t matter if you are an individual or organization; Charles Duhigg makes it very clear in this chapter that if you change one keystone habit it will set off a chain reaction. This chain reaction will result in a bunch of other habits altering; some not even seeming to relate to the keystone habit you’ve changed in the first place. Continue reading Chapter 4: Keystone Habits: Charles Duhigg’s The Power Of Habit Book Chapter Summary.
Willpower is that allusive thing that we all seem to struggle with in one area or another during the course of our personal and professional lives. However, according to Mr. Duhigg, in chapter 5 of, “The power of Habit,” if you are thinking that willpower is something we’re born with, “you just might want to think again!” Continue reading Chapter 5: The Habit Of Success: Charles Duhigg’s The Power Of Habit Book Chapter Summary.
Charles Duhigg shows us throughout this chapter how leaders will use a crisis to their advantage in order to force an organization to shape up and those members who can’t to, “Ship Out!” How does that happen? Well… Creating a sense of urgency and perhaps even exaggerating it a bit is a good start, according to Mr. Duhigg. Continue reading Chapter 6: The Power Of A Crisis: Charles Duhigg’s The Power Of Habit Book Chapter Summary.
Charles Duhigg writes here that methods of predicting and manipulating the habits of shoppers have drastically changed over the past decade or two. We’ve gone from an age where retailers used psychologists to get into the heads of customers, to the computer age, where statisticians armed with computers can pretty much get inside your head; making themselves right at home there. Continue reading Chapter 7: How Companies Predict And Manipulate Habits: Charles Duhigg’s The Power Of Habit Book Chapter Summary.
Mr. Duhigg enlightens us right off the bat in Chapter 8 of his book, “The Power of Habit,” that movements take shape via a three part process. He tells us that this process is recognized by sociologists and historians alike. Continue reading Chapter 8: How Movements Happen: Charles Duhigg’s The Power Of Habit Book Chapter Summary.
Throughout Charles’s book we have been shown how habits can be changed, or even exploited, on a personal, professional and social level. We are taught the components of the habit loop and given some pretty good ideas as to how we can use our understanding of how habits work to better ourselves. Now, just like in chapter 9 of Duhigg’s book, we are going to talk about when it is socially acceptable to excuse people’s habit driven behaviors. Continue reading Chapter 9: The Neurology Of Free Will: Charles Duhigg’s The Power Of Habit Book Chapter Summary.