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Staff Review: Making Habits, Breaking Habits

Making Habits, Breaking Habits
Jeremy Dean
Oneworld Publications

Self-help style books are not my usual reading matter, so thought I would break a habit and challenge myself to read outside my comfort zone.  The majority of self-help books I have sold in as a rep have either been way too simple and condescending, or so totally complicated and full of scientific fact that you don’t even understand the back cover! This book is surprisingly different; fascinating, well written, easy to read and understand and if you are interested, footnotes that direct you to the actual science based study that section relates to.

We all have habits, both good and bad. They are learned behaviour that have been formed in our childhood and become more and more ingrained as we get older. The longer we have had them, the harder they are to break, however they can also be un-learned.  The book is broken into 3 sections: Anatomy of a Habit; Everyday Habits; and Habit Change. The author doesn’t just look at the usual things like dieting, exercise, smoking, health, money, love etc., but also goes into things like online dangers, obsessions, depression, self-esteem, and work and home life.

This book makes you think about habits, how they are formed, and why they are so difficult to change, in a totally new perspective. Much is said on changing your attitude as well. As a positive person, I have always found it hard to understand how so many people see the negative instead. But, as the author explains, your attitude is also a habit which can be changed. The chatty style in which the author writes is far from intimidating, more like chatting with a friend, which engages you from the first chapter and makes you want to keep reading.

Of course there is no quick fix. Like the obese lady who goes into a book shop looking for a specific diet book. They tell her they don’t have it and suggest she tries the bookshop half a block away, however the customer says she couldn’t be bothered walking all that way. Obviously no diet book is going to work for her till she changes her habit of laziness. As a psychologist, the author is fully aware of the hurdles everyone faces in attempting to change, so he makes many suggestions and uses fantastic examples and analogies along the way on how to make little changes first, before attempting the big ones. I enjoyed his example of how difficult it is to remember to floss regularly. He changed to flossing at night rather than in the morning and found it much easier. Little suggestions like that abound through the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned much along the way. So, even if you are not looking for a way to change a specific attitude or habit, I guarantee you will still find yourself looking at your life and behaviour in a whole new and interesting way!

Find the book here, and buy at your local bookshop.

Staff Bio 

Leanne Cramond Leanne Cramond
ACT Sales Representative

Leanne has been a rep for Macmillan for 23 years and loves being able to sit down with a good book and legitimately say she’s working, if only she had the time! J Favourite quote “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” Mark Twain

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