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

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

byJeremy Dean

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At least one third of our waking hours are lived on autopilot. But habits of the mind do not have to control us—we can steer them. Drawing on the latest research, psychologist Jeremy Dean explains why seemingly easy habits can prove difficult to form and how to take charge of your brain's routines to make any change stick. Making Habits, Breaking Habits explains that it is possible to bend habits to your will—and become happier, more creative, and more productive.

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Psychologist Jeremy Dean is the founder and author of the popular website "PsyBlog" (psyblog.co.uk), 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, read...
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Title:Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change StickFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:December 10, 2013Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306822628

ISBN - 13:9780306822629

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Table of Contents

PART ONE
Anatomy of a Habit


1. Birth of a Habit
2. Habit Versus Intention: An Unfair Fight
3. Your Secret Autopilot
4. Don’t Think, Just Do It!

PART TWO
EVERYDAY HABITS


5. The Daily Grind
6. Stuck in a Depressing Loop
7. When Bad Habits Kill
8. Online All the Time

PART THREE
HABITS CHANGE


9. Making Habits
10. Breaking Habits
11. Healthy Habits
12. Creative Habits
13. Happy Habits

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InfoDad.com, 1/17/13“Dean argues convincingly that habits are essentially automatic pilotsThe prescriptive part of self-help books is where many of them fall down. Dean's is better than mostThe book reads like one in which Dean primarily shares his own fascination with a variety of research projects of various kinds, pausing occasionally to relate this study or that back to the whole issue of forming and changing habits. And there is nothing wrong with being a bit discursive, especially when the underlying material is as interesting as much of it is here.”DaySpa, January 2013“Analyzes the phenomenon of habits, and breaks them down so they can be fully understood—and ultimately managed.”Truth, January 2013"Dean helps you understand the psychology behind your habits—both good and bad—and gives you the information you need to kick a bad habit and finally keep your New Year's resolution.”Bookviews.com, February 2013"This is serious psychology and an often fascinating look at the way habits are formed, reinforced, and strengthened throughout our livesSmoking, drinking, and comparable bad behaviors can be changed and this book can help anyone seeking to make that change.”ForeWord Brain Pickings, 1/5/14"Remarkably insightful and functionally helpful in its entirety.”