Charles Duhigg is a reporter for The New York Times and the author of The Power of Habit, about the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies.
He has worked at the Times since 2006, where he has contributed to series including "Golden Opportunities" (which received the George Polk Award, the Sidney Hillman Award and a Deadline Award), "The Reckoning," (which won the Loeb and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), and "Toxic Waters," (which received The Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors' Medal, the National Academies' reporting award and others.)
Duhigg, a native of New Mexico, studied history at Yale and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. Before becoming a journalist, he worked in private equity and - for one terrifying day - was a bike messenger in San Francisco. He has appeared on This American Life, N.P.R., The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and Frontline.
The cue and the reward become neurologically intertwined until a sense of craving emerges that drives your behavior.
You can manufacture a cathartic experience by writing out what you’re feeling.
We are living through a huge evolution in our understanding of habits.
Scientists have now studied it in the last decade or 15 years, and the reason why AA works is that it adheres to the Golden Rule of Habit Change.