Essay on The Power Of Habit By Charles Duhigg

1066 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 null Page
The Power of Habit, written by the New York Times award winning author, Charles Duhigg, enlightens the readers by taking them on a journey to understand what they do and why they do it. The book covers the process of how a habit works, as well as what triggers them, and what they are. Also, what Duhigg was able to provide was a new found understanding towards the nature of humans as well as the prospective for life alteration through changes in day-to-day activities. People can change their entire life simply by modifying subtle things in certain situations.
For instance, if, hypothetically, I would want to cease my habit of smoking I would revise my actions, and instead of smoking I would chew a strip of gum. This forces the mind to create an association with the body. Over a long period of time, this becomes effective because every instance the body used to want to smoke, the mind creates a different desire with wanting to chew a piece of gum instead. This matter was a recently covered topic in class in which we discussed the effect that learning has on the mind, and how things are learned. Duhigg was essentially explaining the Classical Conditioning concept. this occurs when 2 stimuli are repeatedly paired, and the mind associates one thing with another. When this association because constantly repeated, this process becomes a habit. And through this procedure, Duhigg states that habits can be created, destroyed, and change.
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