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I came to this book as an expert looking for some ideas that might shape and update my knowledge base. I got that from this book. It wasn’t all I wanted, but that’s probably because of my perspective and knowledge base. If I were new to this field and I liked more narrative style ‘stories from the trenches of research’ I’d have rated this book 5 stars. It’s accessible, well sourced, and has a few good ideas that are easily conveyed and useful and that’s all we can ask from a book like this.
The audio book is an extremely interesting and informative take. The author also has a great voice that’s easy to listen to, with on point clarity and pace.
I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did, and I’ve not yet been able to put many of her ideas into practice yet but that is all on me so far.
If I had to list one very minor complaint with the audiobook, it’s that her “Chapter Takeaways” at the end of every chapter, while brilliant and probably easy to find in the book, are harder to locate in the audiobook since you have to fast forward to an arbitrary time stamp at the end of each chapter. But that’s nitpicking: this is an excellent listen and I’ll go right out and recommend both this audiobook and the book version.
An excellent exploration of the most current research in behavioural science with the readability of your favourite novel. 10/10 both for content and style, I cant recommend this book highly enough.
It is NOT your conventional self help with a few loose recommendations, but rather a well laid out roadmap to help you implement the chanegs you want with a sensible order so you can essentially plan as you go.
An accessible and enjoyable book distilling lots of up to date behavioural psychology learnings along with examples of how to use them to design more successful behavioural change. Nice end of chapter summaries too for recaps or perhaps for those short of time.
A typical book by a theorist. This book explores so much of theortical side, and misses the point that the readers want to know less of research and more of action. Reading this book is like reading the author's personal journey through her accademic life. What we need is a realistic and practical solution to the problem. Very disappointed.
How to change by Katy Milkman is a breezy read with simple language, exciting information from a ton of behavioral experiments, concepts made interesting by Katy's casual writing style, and finally, a book that stays away from describing behavioral science concepts in a rocket science-kind of way.
The structure of the book is super appropriate, with a brief introduction to managing change, followed by an in-depth set of chapters dedicated to overcome specific challenges one might face on the path of change (e.g., laziness, temptations, flaking out), and closing out with truly vulnerable, down-to-earth advice on how to move against obstacles and make the change you wish to work.
Thank you, Katy Milkman, for a thoroughly enjoyable read, which at the same time, provides us with key tips & tricks to deal with any kind of change!
The issue with western psychology is unless you address the doer, the person, to whom these suggestions are being given no amount of self help science will help permanently. Sure, some incremental pushing the can down the road can happen. But that isn’t the point is it? If “I” am the issue, any amount of suggestions won’t work. Because the I does the policing of the I. Others may find it useful though, good luck to them! I found it utterly unhelpful and merely saying “I help google and other Fortune 500 employees is frankly not a badge of honor. We as a society have lurched from voracious consumerism to maddening levels of mental health issues. And sadly this book didn’t help me in addressing the core issues.