Category: Habit Change

You Can’t Handle the Truth: How Confirmation Bias Distorts Your Opinions

One of the many cognitive biases that afflict humans, confirmation bias refers to our tendency to search for and favor information that confirms our beliefs while simultaneously ignoring or devaluing information that contradicts our beliefs.

You vs. You: How Your Current Self Is Making Life Much Harder for Your Future Self

An intriguing theory about why we tend to choose immediate gratification over rewards that will pay off later has emerged from the field of addiction studies.

A Tale of Grapes, Politics, Cults, and Aliens: Why People Cling to False Beliefs

We resort to mental gymnastics to avoid accepting that our logic – or our belief system itself – is flawed. Lying, denying, and rationalizing are among the tactics we employ to dance around the truth and avoid the discomfort that contradiction creates. We avoid or toss aside information that isn’t consistent with our current beliefs. Emotions trump logic and evidence. Once our minds are made up, it is very difficult to change them.

An Open Letter to Mothers and Caregivers Everywhere

If you are struggling with your weight or want to prevent obesity in your family, or aren’t concerned about weight issues but want to eat and move better and find time for self-care, we’ve got ideas for you. Your family does not have to be a statistic.

Are You Tired of Your Health and Your Money Going Up in Smoke? I Can Help!

This How to Become a Non-Smoker program will show you how to change your thinking about smoking so can ditch the habit for good.

Shades of Gray or Black-And-White: Why the Color of Your Thinking Matters

Also known as the false dilemma or binary thinking, black-and-white thinking doesn’t allow for the many different variables, conditions, nuance, and contexts in which there would exist more than just the two possibilities (usually opposite extremes) presented. It frames arguments misleadingly and obscures rational, honest discussion.

This Time Will Be Different: How to Finally Succeed at Your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. After the busy holiday season passes, you are left with extra fatigue, extra debt, a few extra pounds – and extra time to spend ruminating on the last year and what you could have done differently. Which, of course, inspires you to create a list of New Year’s resolutions. Here’s how to make them stick this time around.

Feeling Like a Fraud? How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be.

The Real Reasons You Procrastinate and How to Stop

While all of us procrastinate on occasion (who wouldn’t prefer surfing the internet to washing the dishes?), some of us take it to a level that is, well, destructive. Chronic procrastination can hold us back at school, at work, and at home. It can prevent us from fulfilling our potential, and from fully enjoying life.

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