Summary Of Charles Duhigg's The Power Of Habit

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Bachmann’s Responsibility In The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg puts an emphasis on habits-their inner workings and how they can be changed. Duhigg describes how habits work through the cycle of cue (trigger that activates a habit), routine (action of habit), and reward (aspect in which the brain determines if the habit is worth it). Particularly in Chapter 9 of the book, Duhigg details the descent of a woman called Angie Bachmann from being a bored housewife to losing all her money through compulsive gambling. Harrah’s Entertainment, the casino where Bachmann played Blackjack and lost every bit of her money, sued Bachmann, “demanding that she pay her debts” (269 Duhigg). Every time Bachmann steps in a casino activates a cue within her brain, which she automatically performs her routine of playing Blackjack thinking that she might win as a reward. Chapter 9 further discusses the extent of Bachmann’s responsibility of her actions since she was fully aware of her actions and she had the responsibility to change which she did not. Although Bachmann argued that she was acting per Harrah’s manipulations, she is still responsible because Harrah’s actions were legal, she did not get treatmeAdvance - Manji nt for addiction, she was fully aware of her actions, and she kept coming back to the casino even though she tried to change. Bachmann herself (and, some people) argued that Harrah’s Entertainment should be responsible because the casino kept sending her luxurious gifts, however, Harrah’s Entertainment’s persistent persuasion and their constant enticing on Bachmann to come back to the casino are all legal. Harrah’s Entertainment sent gifts such as: “free coupons, free buffets… free trip to Lake Tahoe with a suite, and tickets to Eagles concert” (247, 261 Duhigg). Also, Harrah’s Entertainment’s phone calls to Bachmann are legal because “there is no common law obligating a casino operator to refrain from attempting to entice or contact gamblers that it knows or should know are compulsive gamblers” (269 Duhigg). In short, there is no law restricting to Harrah’s actions even though it may seem immoral to Bachmann, and to people. Harrah’s Entertainment is not responsible to know if gamblers are addicted nor

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