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

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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.
 

About Jeremy Dean

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Psychologist Jeremy Dean is the founder and author of the popular website "PsyBlog" (http://www.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, 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.
 
Published January 1, 2013 by Da Capo Lifelong Books. 272 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Self-help on establishing new daily routines.

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In the epigraph to this examination of habitual behavior, Montaigne describes habit as a “violent and treacherous schoolmistress”;

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Ever want to change a habit? This book will show you how...

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Making Habits, Breaking Habits will shed new light on your own private and public behavior and the many quests for change that you undertake in your everyday life.

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