"Good habits are hard to develop but easy to live with" and "Bad habits are easy to develop but hard to live with", according to Brian Tracey, a well-known motivational teacher. You may recognize that to successfully manage habit changes, breaking bad habits may be required in order to develop new ones. Breaking bad habits takes at least 21 days. Of course, in difficult cases, it can take as long as a year. Here's an example of the process of how to change an unhealthy habit to a healthy habit. Suppose you've decided that coffee is not good for you and right now, you drink coffee with sugar daily. The new habit you would like to institute is to drink herbal tea without sugar. At first, it may be challenging to break the bad habit of drinking coffee. You will have to use self-discipline for the first few weeks but gradually it will get easier. Once you are able to change the old habit to a new healthier one, it will serve you very well. Habits are remarkable because they don't require thinking. You just "do it" for years until you find yourself changing the habit again. There are 5 easy steps for changing habits .The first step is You must become aware of your habits. What is this habit exactly? How is this bad habit or group of bad habits affecting you? How is this habit affecting others? For example, smoking often has negative effects on others as well as on you .Secondly as someone with a health problem, you must decide that breaking bad habits through a conscious effort is a worthy goal. You must convince yourself that the change in the habit is worth the effort involved. Furthermore, you must be determined to do whatever it takes for breaking bad habits so that you can better control your life. You make a decision that "no matter what" you will change the habit. You do the work required to stop. Here are some examples of habits you might want to change: Smoking, eating too much, eating processed foods, not exercising, drinking coffee or other beverages with...
Prof. Frank Levy
Dec. 10th, 2013.
Breaking the Habit
Product, a good or service that most closely meets the requirement of a particular market and yields enough profit to justify its continued existence1. Humans are products; a) of a particular culture in a determined community and society; b) of an equal educational system opportunity; c) of his financial success or failure; d) of his dreams and expectations; e) of his preconception of freedom. The choices made on daily life are not choices chosen, but choices induced by values deepen rooted in the subconscious; f) of his instincts for survival, safety and social interaction. Values closely attached to one’s family, educational and cultural backgrounds.
Deep plunged in history lays the worlds patterns for society cultural behavior. Society shifted from Hunters and Gathers to Pastoralists and Sedentary based on the survival needs; from Matriarchal to Patriarchal, based on the warfare needs; from small cities to complex civilizations based on production versus alimentation needs; and among the many creatures the male figure became known as the strongest and fittest to the challenge of a world in constant turmoil. In these complex societies along the years a model has been established; set as the civilized and most appropriate one, until the next civilization take over another through war and reestablished their living culture....
...Breaking bad habits: classical conditioning and smoking
Smokers find it difficult to quit because the environment is full of signals associated with smoking cigarettes. Sarah Horrigan
Addictions are difficult to break as we usually surround ourselves with people, paraphernalia or situations that trigger the behaviour that led to the addiction in the first place. But psychological conditioning can be used to break bad habits.
Over a century ago, the Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov made a discovery that still resonates with both psychological experiments and popular culture. Classical conditioning predicts that by repeatedly pairing a motivationally significant stimulus (such as food) with a particular signal (such as a ringing bell) will result in a conditioned response when the signal is encountered (the bell rings in absence of food).
So the sound of a ringing bell will evoke a behavioral or conditioned response, such as salivation (initially elicited by the food stimulus). A previously neutral stimulus can evoke a particular behaviour through an association with an emotionally significant outcome. Pavlov found that after repeatedly pairing the food with the ringing bell his dogs would salivate just to the sound of the bell.
This theory doesn’t just apply to drooling dogs but has formed an important rationale for the development, maintenance and relapse of drug-taking behavior’s. Drugs are rewarding in nature and act by...
16 September 2013
Breaking a Habit: the Methods of Quitting
Wouldn’t using the substance that one is trying to rid from his or her life hinder the ability to do so? People are creatures of habit. They find comfort in the concepts of familiarity and routine. One of the most common bad habits and addictions among adults is smoking cigarettes. Many smokers are faced with the decision to quit and most often use one of two popular methods, quitting cold turkey or quitting with aid. Even though both are methods of achieving the same ultimate goal, they are considerably different in how the quitter experiences becoming a non smoker.
Quitting cold turkey is the simplest method to quit smoking. There are no outside resources needed. Only the quitter’s willingness to quit absolutely is required. While this is the simplest method, it is also the most difficult. The director of Cancer Science and Trends at the American Cancer Society, Thomas Glynn, stated, “It is like tight-rope walking without a net.” Long term success rates with cold turkey quitters are only a meager three and one half percent. A cold turkey quitter would not be using any forms of quitting aids, like patches or gum, so feeling the withdrawal effects and dealing with the symptoms could not be avoided. The quitter could suffer from headache, nausea, irritability, anxiety, depression and more. Any combination of these symptoms can create a...
...Breaking Poor Reading Habits
a)The Overworked Eye
Reading does not occur when the eyes are moving. Vision transfer occurs when the eyes stop during the fixation phase. The fixation phase of the eye is approximately a quarter of a second for natural reading.
Eye overwork occurs when reading a sentence requires excess eye movements and eye fixations. The eyes perform considerable work for little information.
As an example, consider the following sentence
Our biggest expansion opportunity will come from volume licencing in Japan.
A slow reader may move their eyes across the following sentence as follows. Each fixation is represented symbolically by a left and right parenthesis pair.
(our) (big)(gest) (ex)(pan)(sion) (op)(port)(tunity) (will) (come) (from) (vol)(ume) (lic)(en)(cing) (in) (Jap)(an).
This reading example describes 20 eye movements and 20 eye fixations i.e. 40 different eye operations. This considerable eye work is one reason that slow readers get tired. Increased ocular and mental workload often leads to poor comprehension.
Many studies have shown that better readers read the text in bigger chunks - this means fewer eye operations in order to read and understand the same amount of text as compared with a slower reader. A fast reader may read the sentence as shown below:
(our biggest expansion) (opportunity will come) (from volume licensing) (in Japan)
Reading this text takes a proficient reader four eye movements, four eye...
...5 Steps to Breaking 阻斷 Bad Work Habits
Andrew G. Rosen, On Tuesday 26 October 2010, 22:10 SGT
We all have our own bad habits at the office. Maybe it's gossiping or complaining閒聊和抱怨. Or binge eating or nail-biting嚗食或指甲. Or checking e-mail incessantly.
Whatever the habit, we'd be happier without it. To break and replace those tendencies, follow these simple five steps:
Step 1: Identify your bad office habits
Routine makes us feel safe, but don't hide under the umbrella of familiarity for too long. The problem with habits is that we let them control us. Our subconscious kicks in and tendencies take over--without us even thinking about them.
Monitor yourself for a full week as you go through average work days. Jot down草草記下 any potential habits 潜在习惯 in a job journal. Whether it's an arbitrary (tùy ý) ritual (lễ nghi) like tapping (輕拍) your toe three times before you enter the building or sipping on （喝著） an afternoon diet soda （無糖飲料）, include it on the list. The point here isn't to nab （逮捕,tóm cồ）every habit and routine （日常工作）, but to find a starting point （出發點，起始點）.
Step 2: Determine which habits are hurting you確定哪些習慣會傷害你
Let's shoot big; identify the habit that affects you most negatively. It could be wasting time, putting physical or mental stress on your body, fatigue 疲勞...
...didn’t take the trash out before going to bed, this is a negative reinforcement that teaches the child to do what their parents have told them intern helping to modify bad behaviors. If I can make through two week without using profanity I’m going to reward myself with a new pair of shoes, but each time I choose to use profanity I’ll have to drink two cups of water for each bad word. I know you may think the negative reinforcement is a cake walk and I’m letting myself off easy, but drinking water is the hardest thing for me to it’s almost as hard as not using profanity.
I read somewhere that it takes twenty-one days to break a bad habits; I think that conditioning myself to use alternative words to replace profanity will allow me to make better word choices. Like helping someone to move past a phobia, it is possible to help someone break a bad habit or behavior. Conditioning can be described as the “appearance of two or more activities determined in a temporal relationship.” Terry (2009) (pg.51) Behavior, response to learning new activates and the relationship knowledge and different stimuli help implement changes in classical conditioning. The article Effect of Circadian Phase on Memory Acquisition and Recall: Operant Conditioning vs. Classical Conditioning, discusses the relationship between stored memory and conditions are related to one another, the article also looks at the effectiveness of operant and classical conditioning. Because of...
25 March 2015
Never Ending Routine
Everyone has habits, even if they do not realize it. For instance, I woke up this morning, put toothpaste on my toothbrush and brushed my teeth. In the novel Habit written by Charles Duhigg, he makes a clear point that in order to change a habit, one has to first change his or her habit loop. A habit loop consists of three steps: cue, routine, and reward. Routines that are done repetitively are turned into habits. From an early age, hoarding had a negative impact on me. When I was nine years old, my chorus group was supposed to wear a red t-shirt for our performance and I thought I had one in my closet the whole time. However, it turned out that I threw it away the week before; ever since then, I told myself to keep everything that I can possibly need. It then turned into a habit. With that there are two kinds of habit: bad and good habits. What makes a habit considered bad would be when one is not making the best self that he or she can be. With that, the habit would result with negative consequences. On the other hand, a good habit would be the opposite; the reward would affect one positively. Changing a bad habit may be hard because the routines of the habit loop become natural; however, that...
...Habits are things that people do good or bad repeatedly. People start their own habits, and they are very hard to break. Whether it is good or bad habits; it is something that the person has to choose to change. A habit in terms is: “Jerry likes to ride his bike,” that is one of Jerry’s habits.
Breaking bad habits is one of the hardest things to do. Smoking is a bad habit that millions of people choose to do. Some people smoke due to stress and other issues, which still doesn’t make the habit good. People die from cancer because of smoking and people still choose to smoke. Breaking this habit comes with a perfect mind state and patience and a will to stop completely.
Drinking alcohol carelessly is a bad habit that some people have. Drinking too much alcohol can eat your kidney and liver, which can end in a terrible illness. Millions of people drink irresponsibly, which is also the main reason for car accident deaths. An estimated 10,839 people died in the United States in 2012 due to drunk driving accidents accounting to 32% of total traffic deaths. (centurycouncil.org>Drunk Driving>Research)
The process to breaking smoking habits is first to acknowledge that it is wrong. Secondly you have to be willing to quit. The outcome is to stop smoking. Third you have to ask for help...