Making Habits, Breaking Habits

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Pages: 288
Subject: Psychology, Self-Help
Imprint: Oneworld

Making Habits, Breaking Habits

How to Make Changes that Stick

Jeremy Dean

The founder of the hugely popular Psyblog demontrates how to bend habits to your will using the new brain science of routine

The Book

Habits are more powerful than your will – if you know how to make them work for you


Two strings are hanging from a ceiling, one at the centre of the room, one near the wall. You’re asked to tie the strings together, but you can’t reach both at the same time. You look around the room and see a table and a pair of pliers. How would you solve the problem?


When confronted with challenges, most people let habits rule them (in this case, ignoring the pliers, the creative tool at your disposal). That is not surprising when you realise that at least a third of our waking hours are lived on auto-pilot – ruminating over past events, clicking through websites trawling for updates and the like. Such unconscious thoughts and actions are powerful. But the habits of the mind do not have to control us – we can steer them.


Drawing on hundreds of fascinating studies, psychologist Jeremy Dean – the mind behind the hugely popular and insightful website PsyBlog – shares how the new brain science of habit can be harnessed to your benefit, whether you’re hoping to eat moreveg, take an evening run, clear out your email backlog, or be more creative when faced with challenges at work and at home.

Additional Information

Subject Psychology, Self-Help
Pages 288
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Psychologist Jeremy Dean is the founder and author of the popular website PsyBlog (, which is read by upwards of 1 million people monthly and has been featured on the BBC and in the Guardian, the Times, the Huffington Post, and many others. Dean is currently a researcher at University College London.


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