Making Habits, Breaking Habits

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Psychologist Jeremy Dean tells us how habits are formed and broken. In Making Habits, Breaking Habits he explains that while people like to think that they are in control, much of human behavior occurs without any decision-making or conscious thought. He draws on hundreds of studies to show how to make any change stick.


Jeremy Dean

Comments [5]

Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Can you ask Mr. Dean if there is some bio-chemical reason for habits and whether some people may have a different brain chemistry that makes them more or less likely to develop habits? Would this be similar to addiction?

Jan. 09 2013 12:56 PM
susan from montclair, nj

can the guest address the difference between habit and addiction? at what point does habit become addiction? or are they two different things?

Jan. 09 2013 12:53 PM
Tom from UWS

I believe that much of life is habit - especially thinking. The habit of confidence vs the habit of doubt, for instance. But there is also a difference between a habit and a skill (bicycle riding) and between a habit and a discipline (getting exercise). At the same time, many habits take a bit of discipline to start or to break, and continued habitual practice can improve skill.

Jan. 09 2013 12:50 PM
jonn knoxx

HJS, you need to do something, ANYTHING.
You need to build momentum.
Make a list of everything you need to do and perform the smallest tasks first.
Although its a law of physics, I believe the "a body at rest tends to stay at rest, and a body in motion tends to stay in motion" seriously can apply to one's own life.
Get moving on something anything.
You need to break stagnation, gain some momentum.
Do something, anything, even if it's just unloading the dishwasher.

Jan. 09 2013 12:48 PM

Im a procrastinator, sometimes im overwhelmed by everything that has to get done that the easiest thing to do is to stick my head in the sand and wait for it all to past. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much.
How do I stop procrastinating?

Jan. 09 2013 12:00 PM

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