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Publisher's Summary

An award-winning psychologist and director of the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior shows everyone how to make real, lasting change in their lives in this exciting work of popular psychology that goes beyond The Power of Habit with science and practical strategies that can alter their problem behaviors - forever.
Whether it's absent-minded mistakes at work, a weakness for junk food, a smartphone addiction, or a lack of exercise, everyone has some bad habit or behavior that they'd like to change. But wanting to change and actually doing it - and sticking with it - are two very different things.
Dr. Sean Young, an authoritative new voice in the field of behavioral science, knows a great deal about our habits - how we make them and how we can break them. Stick with It is his fascinating look at the science of behavior, filled with crucial knowledge and practical advice to help everyone successfully alter their actions and improve their lives.
As Dr. Young explains, you don't change behavior by changing the person; you do it by changing the process. Drawing on his own scientific research and that of other leading experts in the field, he explains why change can be difficult and identifies the crucial forces that combine to make transformation permanent, from the right way to create new habits to how to harness emotional meaning to motivate change. He also helps us understand how the mind often interferes with creating lasting change and how we can outsmart it, including using "neurohacks" to shortcut the brain's counterproductive instincts. In addition he provides a powerful corrective to the decades-old science of habits, offering a next-generation discussion of how habits can change behavior with the right approach.
Packed with pragmatic exercises and stories of real people who have used them successfully, Stick with It shows that it is possible to control spending, stick to a diet, become more social, exercise regularly, stop compulsively checking email, and overcome problem behaviors - forever.
©2017 Sean Young (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-16-17

Painful to get through

Narrator is good. Science is usually straight forward. This book is endless anecdote after endless anecdote. Rather than serving theory directly, this book wanders through painful, time consuming stories. It always sets up delayed reward with no payoff. One can apply science, but not story after story after story. Lacks integration of the ideas put forward, but suggests that the reader should. Couldn't finish the book. Jumped to the final chapter, hoping for summation & integration. Disappointed again. Taxed my patience after 3 chapters.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Michelle on 06-22-17

Superficial and Boring

My goodness, what a rocky start. I get it, the author is highly successful and is in great demand by big names and big corporations but when is he going to get into the meat of his ideas that are so called "breakthrough" and "promising"? So far, it's a bloated, superficial book with a lot of self promotion and self hype. He sums up many ideas already out there, and is a combination of ideas already floating around LA --> Landmark Education + Influence + Kaizen. It's so boring to hear him on repeat about all his successes and having to wade through irrelevant facts about his life (missing his friends from SoCal while at Stanford? Saving people from AIDS and taking credit for Trader Joe's?) The listener just wants the actual idea. Finally after 16 minutes, he shares his first idea...start small. Then get on Instagram and show your work to build a community around your small idea. I thought I was buying something of substance but this is turning out to be a great waste of my time. This book needs major editing. I hope it gets better, if it does, I'll modify this review.

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