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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 smart phone 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 e-mail, and overcome problem behaviors—forever.
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About the Author
Sean Young is a UCLA medical school professor and the founder and executive director of the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior (CDB) and the UC Institute for Prediction Technology (UCIPT), which have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and Science, and on NPR, Yahoo Finance, TechCrunch, Mashable, CNN, CBS News, and other major media outlets. He has a PhD in psychology and a master’s in health services research from Stanford University. He lives in Southern California.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Science of Lasting Change 1
How do you change behavior?
Change the process-not the person
Seven forces behind lasting change
Chapter 2 Stepladders 19
Start small. But how small is small?
Find out with the model of Steps, Goals, and Dreams
Use the Power of the Incremental
Chapter 3 Community 49
Make sure the right people are around you
But how do you do that?
Learn from the HOPE intervention model
Chapter 4 Important 81
People change if they're motivated to change
But what if people don't want to change?
Use our short list of motivators
Chapter 5 Easy 107
People will keep doing things if they're easy to do
But how do you make something easy?
Use the E-Trade test
Chapter 6 Neurohacks 129
Conventional wisdom on behavior change is wrong
Use neurohacks in-stead
Lasting change starts with action
Use these mental shortcuts to reset your brain
Chapter 7 Captivating 157
But not just any rewards
They have to be captivating
Chapter 8 Engrained 185
Get the brain on your side
But how do you do this?
Do the behavior again and again
Chapter 9 Putting It All Together 203
The limits of habits
The ABCs of behavior
And how to apply this book in your life
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I appreciate Sean Young's keep it simple approach, using SCIENCE and ABC. As a physical therapist, and author of Your Body Book Guide to Better Body Motion with Less Pain, I can help my clients and others change their life-for good using his techniques.
Stick with It shows how make behavior change stick. It's different than other behavior change books by giving a science and how to apply it
This book has been a life saver for me! I've read so many self help books and have tried so hard to change my life but it never sticks. This book gave me all the steps I needed to make the changes that I want to make while also helping me understand the science behind why these methods work. The thing that distinguishes this book from any other self-help books is that instead of just telling to change yourself it gives you tools and a process to help you make the changes you want to make. For anyone that simply wants to know how to give yourself your best chance to succeed this book is the answer to your prayers!! Dr. Young thank you for writing this, you've helped me stop internally fighting myself and make changes that I know will finally stick!
Sean Young presents a well thought out self-help book with tools, steps and proven SCIENCE model to make lasting behavior changes to your life. Dr. Young begins with small steps (stepladders) and attainable “forces” to reach your goals and dreams. Dr. Young illustrates how to set mental shortcuts of changing the mind and keeping it engaged in the process first, before achieving the lasting behavior changes. In each chapter Young gives examples of true stories from patients, research participants and famous people who have life challenges but find success by putting all the forces, steps and tools together to create positive personal behavior transformations. At the end of each chapter there are simple to follow, easy exercises for you to try what you learn and solidify results! If you are looking to change bad habits, and don’t know how to begin… “Stick With It” is the book for you!!