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

Paperback | December 10, 2013

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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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 Habit...

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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Format: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

Editorial Reviews

The Bookseller, “Editor's Pick,” 10/12/12“Sensible and very readableBy far the most useful of this month's New You offerings.”Kirkus Reviews, 1/1/13“Making changes does take longer than we may expect—no 30-day, 30-pounds-lighter quick fix—but by following the guidelines laid out by Dean, readers have a decent chance at establishing fulfilling, new patterns.”Publishers Weekly, 12/10/12“An accessible and informative guide for readers to take control of their lives.”“Bookworm Sez” syndicated review“By helping us understand what makes us tick and why, author Jeremy Dean avoids platitudes and misty advice to give his readers the tools they need to stop being frustrated by change and lack thereof. He advocates patience and dispels a lot of myths about why we do the things we do (or don't), explaining why our willpower fails us or why we find some habits easy to make. That's helpful, and could make a fix that sticksThis bookwould be advantageous to anyone who's serious about changing behavior.”