• The Little Book of Big Change

  • The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit
  • By: Amy Johnson PhD
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Mary Carthy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (946 ratings)

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By: Amy Johnson PhD
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Little changes can make a big, big difference! In The Little Book of Big Change, psychologist Amy Johnson shows you how to rewire your brain and overcome your bad habits - once and for all.

No matter what your bad habit is, you have the power to change it. Drawing on a powerful combination of neuroscience and spirituality, this book will show you that you are not your habits. Rather, your habits and addictions are the result of simple brain wiring that is easily reversed. By learning to stop bad habits at the source, you will take charge of your habits and addictions for good.

Anything done repeatedly has the potential to form neural circuitry in the brain. In this light, habits and addictions are impersonal brain wiring problems that result from taking your habitual thinking as truth, and acting on that thinking in the form of doing your habit - over and over. This book offers a number of small changes you can make in your everyday life that will help you stop your bad habit in its tracks.

If you want to understand the science behind your habit, make the decision to end it, and commit to real, lasting change, this book will help you to finally take charge of your life - once and for all.

©2016 Amy Johnson (P)2016 Wetware Media

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If you're ready to change, this is the book

Would you listen to The Little Book of Big Change again? Why?

I mean, WOW!! For anyone like me that has struggled for decades with one or more unwanted habits, this book is a permanent game-changer. In addition to Amy's insights into the nature of thoughts & emotions as they relate to addictions, obsessions, compulsivity, etc. being spot on, her book is extraordinarily well written and refreshing in it's simple (but not simplistic), clear, easy approach. And it's completely devoid of all the usual psycho-baffle-gab so commonly found in the self help genre. As a result of the freedom I acquired through the insights written about by Amy, I am not only recommending this book to my own clients, I am retaining Amy as my own life coach. If you are looking to free yourself of one or more unwanted habits, even if you've tried everything under the sun, the answers in this book are what you're looking for. If you are already a practicer of mindfulness, this book will add even more to your understanding.

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Life changing

This book was nothing revolutionary for me in terms of information but something about how the author presented it clicked with me and has helped me immensely.

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Take the pressure off

This great but very simple book gave me insight into my mind and habits at a deeper level. It showed me the one simple truth. There is nothing wrong with me. I am already enough. Amy showed me that my thoughts are not who I am and it is living in the moment and not in my thoughts that is where peace lies. I could say much more but I suggest if you are looking for joy, peace and happiness in you life, read or listen to Amy. Everyone needs to read this book today.

Thank you Amy for your love.

Andrew M
Life Coach

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An approach most have heard, but forgot to apply..

I have heard some of these points in that movie "What the bleep do we know". However Amy puts it in a way that seems to have her own voice, but can feel believable because she isn't the only one stating it. Our habits, our brain and how we perceive our life comes up in this book. Makes you take a long hard look at what you can actually do and not do. I like the fact of not really having to do anything with my habit...goals, steps, checklists...none of that matters. Not even falling off the wagon matters. Just read this, you're bound to get some insight from it. That is the first step....INSIGHT.

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Excellent

I have read many self help books and this is by far one of the best! A perfect marriage of stories, insights, exercises and science .
Will listen to again and again.

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Excellent 3 principles teaching with emphasis on beating habits.

I have read Jamie Smarts "Clarity" and got very interested in the 3 principle's. It helped me see the world in an amazing new way, To actually glimpse the real me and see that I am not my thoughts but what is thinking those thoughts. Clarity was more a general look at the principles with some emphasis on how to apply them towards business.
This books focus is on habitual thinking and gave me some very valuable insights into how to see habit in a new way that disempowers those habits and in so doing gives us freedom from them.
This is an excellent book. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to beat a habit or anyone who is interested in the true nature of how we create our reality and how you might improve on it.

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Where has this book been all my life?

This is a paradigm shifting book about why we do what we do and how to get back to our habit-free selves.

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Changed my Perspective

What did you love best about The Little Book of Big Change?

It put to words everything I intuitively knew about my habit. I've made great gains in handling my addictions

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I really, really wanted to like this

I wish I could have loved this book. I really tried. I guess I’m just not in a place where I could relate to any of the people in the book, and I realized that what I needed was a book on how to create NEW habits and not just break old ones. It was also unclear to me how “dismissing an urge as a passing thought” is different from white-knuckling one’s way through a moment of addiction crisis. It felt like the author was patting my hand and saying, “when you are in crazy mode and would do anything for a drug, take the time to step back and think ‘oh, gosh, these are just passing thoughts!’” And what… eat some candy instead? I don’t get it.

Also, one of the things that attracted me to this book was the claim that there was brain research behind the method/theories. While there were a lot of sentences that included the phrase “neuroscience states…” I found no hard evidence, no study results, and no data ever presented to demonstrate how—and even what—conclusions were drawn by the neuroscience researchers.

I do see how it could be helpful for people working through certain disorders, but I guess my problem is just on a different scale.

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wonderful

I loved it so much. it's worth sharing to anyone who is ready for a great change in their life!!!

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  • andrewsmith303
  • 06-02-16

A wise investment in yourself!

I loved this book. Will be one I go back to a few times. There's so much to see freshly for me around habits. I'd recommend for anyone actively seeking to drop a bad habit or addiction - any and all! I was listening in the context of eating habits and it has been impactful already. I feel more able to make more healthy choices more of the time.

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  • MrTrader
  • 08-06-16

The mechanics of real change

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I already have! That pretty much says it all....

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It lays out why you do what you do, and how to change what you do which you don't like! It also provides the blueprint to adjust and control your behaviour. A truly valuable skill to master! Brilliant book, Exceptional even. I highly recommend it.

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  • Erin
  • 08-18-16

absolutely loved it!

such an easy listen a much have! I've went back to this on numerous occasions & recommended it to everyone I know! Thank you Amy Johnson

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  • 05-19-17

Helps

I nearly gave up trying to fix my problem with bad habits but this book made sense and I highly recommend it to anyone!

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  • Eddie Fizz
  • 08-09-17

My favourite book ever.

This book is an awesome explanation of how life works. It's message applies not only to changing habits, but also life itself.

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  • KoPa
  • 07-13-17

helpful and friendly service and the material

The book is a good material from someone who has been there and then helps

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  • Just for Today
  • 08-12-17

A Useful Book

I found the audio book easy to listen to and the narration was very good. The contents was not as different as I imagined it to be. I am familiar with the Three Principles but I couldn't really see how this book was using the Three Principles. What I heard was what I've heard before in non-three-principles books. Nevertheless a useful book and my first experience of an Audibles book.

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  • Thomas D.
  • 09-09-17

First class

Totally recommend this - life changing and original based on the three principles - lots of insights from listening

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  • Elizabeth Clark
  • 08-24-19

Beyond me how this has got good reviews

This book is hours longer than it needs to be, self indulgent on the authors part and the narration leaves a lot to be desired. Awful content, awful narration. I’ve gone back to it a couple of times to try and finish it. I can only assume the reviews were left by her family and friends.

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  • Mr T
  • 08-23-17

Wishy washy

When I purchased this book, I thought I would get a book from a PhD holder.
The author wrote as a poet or a hypnotist rather than a scientist or a clinician.
I feel the book overdo asserting positive claims in a hypnotising way, without a clear description of how to practice those positive attributes.

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  • julz77
  • 02-20-22

This book changed my life

I have been wasting money and my energy on diet after diet. From weight watchers to keto, from HCG diet to hypnotherapy. NOTHING worked. I had almost given up. Then I found this book. Something clicked. I’m a binge eater. This saved me. And the reference to brain over binge. I listened to both and am on the path to recovery for the first time in 22 years. Thank you for this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-22

Life changing!

In recovery from addiction myself, I thought Amy’s approach was a wonderful paradigm shift for my journey.

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  • Caleb Ludeki
  • 08-24-21

Needs more substaince and less new age waffle

Upfront, I think any reader needs to know that the book leans heavily (and in my opinion) unnecessarily on new-age thinking such a there being a "universal mind". The approach to overcoming addiction, using a no-will power approach, is well covered in books by William Porter and Annie Grace - without having to resort to new age gobbledygook. Compared to these books - "The little book of change" says less, is less concrete and the writing is laborious and reads like meandering hippie poetry.

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  • Erica Dobson
  • 07-01-21

insightful and thought provoking

I really enjoyed listening to this book. it provides some simple insights into short circuiting habits. I look forward to seeing the impact of these with my habits over time

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  • Alli
  • 06-28-21

Life changing

Do yourself a favour. Read this book.!!!

Then read it again. Her voice is clear and easy to listen to. A totally different way of dealing with habits that really helps you see them in a totally unattached way. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-21

excellent book to kick start habit change

Simple to understand concepts that don't make you feel overwhelmed. I like that it's not long but gets through a lot in the time.

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  • Dragica Radosavljevic
  • 04-15-21

Brilliant

I am not going to waist the words, listen to it!!!!
And then listen to it AGAIN.

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  • M. Owens
  • 01-25-21

Best Little Book of Big Change!

I thought this little book was superb! I'm a therapist and I work within a very similar frameworks as this book was founded upon; however I still got a lot out of it.

I would say that early on I wasn't sure if I was going to get too much out of it, however it just got better and better and more and more effective as it went along. I have started recommending this to clients who are struggling with cravings and urges to act in ways that go against their values.

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  • Shalom Drimer
  • 09-10-19

So simple, so profound.

This book aims at changing habits and addictions but I think that the information within applies to a fuller, richer and more meaningful life. Embracing our HUMANITY fully.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-02-19

Life Changing

This book should be required reading! It truly freed me from the chains i felt i was bound in. Dr Amy Johnson's take on spiritual psychology and the New Paradigm have not only helped me with my problem with alcohol, but given me a guide to a more peaceful existence. Get onto this book pronto!