“Perfectly Human” by Sarah C. Williams.

I will from now on post photos of the books that I’ve read and paste in a link to my Amazon storefront where you can easily purchase your own copy and make up your own mind regarding the content.

I will still write book reviews, but I’ll publish all of them when I release my last blog book. You can purchase my first blog book right here: Blog Books/Old Entries

My unpublished incomplete review/analysis of “Perfectly Human” is 3.979 words long.

To purchase “Perfectly Human” you can go to my Amazon storefront.

You can also check out and keep up with my current reading list here.

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“The Power Of Habit” by Charles Duhigg

I found this book to be very interesting and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to optimise their performance whether personal or professional.

On page 19 there is a funny illustration of how a “habit loop” works. For those like myself who are naturally disciplined you’ll probably recognise the act of delayed “rewarding” in order to boost motivation/output.

This year I implemented a rather extreme one: no breakfast until after exercising in the morning (in order to enforce a habit of physical activity).

Forcing myself to not let curiosity lead me into late-night “phone scrolling” & “online surfing” has been a very tricky habit to change since the hunger for knowledge about a certain topic/issue can be instantly satisfied in this technological age. The urge to be efficient or to find out things straight away has to be suppressed both by placing the device in an inconvenient location and by initiating a reward scenario: sleep now – check phone upon waking.

The last thoughts in your mind might be what you were going to type or search making you feel “haunted.”

Don’t tell me your gadget isn’t affecting you in one way or another! It must be…

A very interesting story is shared on page 31 regarding marketing and advertising. In fact it reminded me of another book that I read and reviewed earlier this year: “Seeing What Others Don’t – The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights” by Gary Klein

A recurring topic in “The Power Of Habit” is the power of groups when it comes to personal and societal change. The power of faith is not well understood by scientists but this phenomenon can help individuals who struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction. People might relapse continuously until God become part of the recovery. But with God all things are possible. Some then theorise that faith communities and groups in and of themselves are the deciding factor.

The power of self-belief is crucial in order to replace a bad habit with a new one. If you believe that you can you will which reminds me of yet another book featured on this blog: “The Idiot Brain” by Dean Burnett.

A section of Duhigg’s work is specifically dedicated to social movements. Apparently it has been concluded that successful activist campaigns follow this pattern:

  1. close friends & family come together
  2. acquaintances and people outside your immediate circle then join in
  3. great leaders will “awaken” the crowds due to the “instalment” of new habits resulting in a sense of identity and independence: “I’ll take personal responsibility for so and so” “I can do this, it is my choice to do this”

If you look to convert people it is said that you should go for communities since peer pressure is a more efficient conversion tool (long term) than fear.

It takes a great deal of guts to be the first one.

Individuals will swim against the stream and do the unthinkable, but in order to get the masses going you will need to use “social ties.”

You can purchase “The Power Of Habit” (and check out my reading list) right here from my Amazon storefront 🙂

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For further reading:

Warren Rick – “The Purpose Driven Life

William James – “The Principles Of Psychology

Claude Hopkins – “My Life In Advertising

“The Idiot Brain” by Dean Burnett.

This is a great read that I highly recommend!

The author does not “talk down” to his audience and deliver one page after the other with high-information content. There is also an intellectual honesty present which is refreshing in this day and age of “political correctness hysteria”.

My favourite passages were the following:

  • On page 116 the author writes about IQ tests and how the average is always a 100 regardless of the Nation. However; what 100 actually is differs. So if the smartest people in the UK were all of a sudden wiped out then the average IQ of the UK would still be a 100.
  • On page 149 the author shares an extremely enlightening story of how Westerners tried to measure the intelligence of the Kpelle tribe in Africa. The white man thought of it as smart to organise objects according to categories whether the Kpelle sorted items according to function. Meaning that you are not stupid just because you have a different way of doing things.
  • On the same page it is also revealed that students (according to tests) perform better when they are told that intelligence isn’t “fixed”. In short: if you are told you are an idiot you’ll become an idiot (or a bigger one than what you actually are).
  • On page 127 g is addressed debunking the popular myth of “multiple-intelligence”. Meaning that if I’m good at music and you are good at physics then that is the exact same intelligence only that it is expressed differently. The author compares this to various types of sports and how the same muscles are used differently.
  • On page 205 the author explains the difference between aggression and hostility.

To purchase this book (or any other book I’m currently reading) go here: “The Idiot Brain” by Dean Burnett.

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“Last Seen Wearing” by Colin Dexter

Since it is taking me forever to finish my blog books I decided that I could might as well get back to releasing content on this blog. Hopefully I’ll release my books this year, that is the plan anyway…

If you want to purchase the books that I’m reading and reviewing then you can simply go to my Amazon storefront right here: Here Is My Current Reading List!

The first book up on my revamped blog is Colin Dexter’s “Last Seen Wearing”.

 Personally I’m not a huge fan of crime novels but Dexter’s books are by many seen as crime-classics so I guess it was just a matter of time before I started reading them.

People who are living (or have lived in the UK) will instantly fall in love with the familiarity of the scenery. I liked the work straight away myself due to this. Dexter’s imagination is fascinating to follow as Morse comes up with a gazillion different theories for what must have happened to the victim. The reader ends up being convinced that so-and-so occurred only for the story to turn in a completely different direction. It is a page turner that will leave you reading non-stop until you are done.

In terms of the language and the vocabulary used it is typical for intellectuals and people with degrees to express themselves in such a fashion. The by now mandatory references to the classics are also there; this appears to be a standard and it can in many ways be seen as a way for “the learned” to flag to the rest of the world that is what they are. It will of course also lead to a very obvious follow up question: what about more obscure cultural contributions in Europe? Why are we always mentioning the same few names and the same few works?

I wouldn’t really call Colin Dexter’s writing for  “mainstream” because it isn’t simplified enough to fall into that category, yet he has sold an impressive amount of books and (as most in the UK probably already know) the Morse television series has been one of the greatest successes on British TV, also leading to a spin-off series about Morse’s sidekick Lewis.

People who love books, everything English, organic food, art, and weird wine from obscure places, will love to be seen reading this work; especially if they get the opportunity to discuss it with likeminded individuals afterwards.

Buy the book here: “Last Seen Wearing” by Colin Dexter.*

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“Seeing What Others Don’t – The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights” by Gary Klein

“When people contradict the prevailing wisdom, even professional prominence won’t protect them.” (p. 71).

“Seeing What Others Don’t –  The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights” by Gary Klein ventures where no other insight book has ventured before (according to the author) by displaying all of the various lightbulb moments that can lead to a paradigm shift in ones thinking.

The read is nonetheless very repetitive which makes it feel dumbed down. In comparison to “The Lives & The Times of The Great Composers” by Michael Steen it feels remarkably low in information content.

I assumed that the purpose of this book was to convince people that anyone can have a penchant for creative breakthrough thinking and found it interesting that only scientists and certified geniuses or high achievers were initially mentioned…

“Seeing What Others Don’t” by Gary Klein – My Reaction to a bit of Chapter 2 up until Chapter 6 – Audio Entry

“Seeing What Others Don’t” by Gary Klein – My reaction to Chapter One & a bit of Chapter Two.

However on page 129 the author explains that diversity is real:

“The playful versus concrete reasoning style is a relatively fixed personality trait.”

What stands out in the book over and over again is that arrogance and lack of mental flexibility clouds and eclipses solutions to both complex and simple everyday problems.

It is the curious and persistent mind that delivers breakthroughs.

Those who refuse to question or let go of outdated methods in their profession can never aspire to greater things. They’ll be stuck within the standards and beliefs that are already cannon.

What was especially illuminating to me were the sections describing big companies and their inability to innovate themselves. A fear of failure quickly creates a stagnant culture where not even bankruptcy can be avoided despite countless warning signs.

An example of this mentality was illustrated in a story concerning the FBI.

Special Agent Kenneth Williams found it odd that several Arab men were learning how to fly but not how to land or takeoff. His concern was not followed up on and after 9/11 FBI director Robert Mueller proclaimed that nobody had suspected anything…

The role of a manager is to “bring workers back into compliance,” and avoid any deviance that can potentially cost the company money. This type of culture does not reward creativity or insights.

“You don’t know how to encourage insights other than hanging inspirational posters on the walls.” (p.155)

“The greatest obstacle to knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.” (p.53)

“He asserted that most scientists spend their careers doing “normal science,” basically puzzle solving within the popular research paradigms of the day.” (p.169)

Feel free to read the book for yourself, just go here to my Amazon storefront. I’ll feature whatever books I’m reading and reviewing here: The Commander In Chief on Amazon.

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