This article introduces you to the two driving forces behind habit formation: Pain and Pleasure and it will help you to understand why you are doing what you are doing.
What is this article about?
A curious case of a man who killed his wife out of habit
What we can learn from B.F Skinner and his pigeons.
What we can learn from Ivan Pavlov and his starved down dogs.
What we can learn from John Watsons baby torture experiment
A story about my father’s gambling addiction and what you can learn from it
How to hack your psychology
How to make habits stick
🤯Life Rule that I’m trying to implement
“Find a partner who wants the best for the best part of yourself”
👽Behavior policy of the Week
“The sundown rule “
As a psychology blogger, I sometimes get 100 plus messages a day which is awesome but also takes a toll on my attention span, and sometimes I take the easy route and just don’t touch my phone for an entire day or so – much to the disliking of my business partners, friends and family and followers.
Avoidance of all forms is really a stinky habit that is the root of many serious problems.
Recently I installed a new behavior policy that I call the “sundown rule” that made a big difference in my life, it’s quite easy; Before the sun goes down – answer all your emails and texts.
Preserving the meaningful connections that you have takes time but it’s definitively a worthy investment, so if you struggle to get back at your loved ones you might consider installing this rule with the help of your journal.
Appearing in 1890, The Principles of Psychology was a landmark text which established psychology as a serious scientific discipline. William James’ compiled a convincing, lengthy and broad thesis, devoting detail and vigorous analysis in every chapter. The text’s comprehensiveness and superb presentation played a pivotal role in bringing the science of mental health closer toward the scholarly mainstream.
The entire book is set out intuitively: there are two volumes, each of which has a certain number of chapters. While some chapters have sub-sections, James is careful not to make his textbook dry or convoluted in organisation. Each chapter introduces, discusses and concludes on a particular subject – whether it be the role of psychology as an academic and medical discipline, or the various functions of the human brain.
The hard choices — what we most fear doing, asking, saying — are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls “fear-setting.” Learn more about how this practice can help you thrive in high-stress environments and separate what you can control from what you cannot.
That’s it, folks!
What was your favorite hack from this week’s Behavior Weekly? What would you like to have different in the future?
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