All About Habits
The good news is that you CAN change your mindset – and change your life for the better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.