Understanding Habit Formation
Habits are habits that we have developed over a lifetime. A habit is a repetitive pattern of everyday behavior and tends to take place unconsciously. One might classify such a behavior as “automatic”. Habits can be unlearned, but the work is usually in training the individual to get rid of their old habits rather than consciously making new ones.
People tend to go through routines on a daily basis, such as going to work, brushing their teeth, sleeping at night, eating breakfast in the morning, and so on. All these behaviors are routine and often unconscious. When a person is faced with an upsetting situation, a habit may trigger a negative automatic reaction such as avoiding the situation in the future, trying to avoid similar situations in the future, or imagining that the person is avoiding the event rather than seeing it as an opportunity. In this case, simply avoiding the trigger does not resolve the problem. The trigger needs to be removed to prevent the same thing from happening again.
Habits are also related to specific actions. For example, if a person is into heavy petting, they will continue doing it because it is a familiar behavior. However, if this behavior becomes a regular occurrence, this may become an unhealthy habit. It is necessary to break habitual behaviors in order for them to be changed. One example of this is changing from heavy petting to only doing it when one feels like it, for example, if the person is ill or too tired to pet.
Many habits have nothing to do with the physical body. However, they are a result of a person’s will power. These habits work because of the person’s stronger desire to do something over the course of their day. A person with a strong will power can change their entire life by using their willpower to overcome their habits. This is not to say that will power does not come with a price.
Habits work because of habit formation. It takes a lot of will power and determination to change behaviors. However, there are some habits that can be changed without too much effort if the person is willing to put forth the effort required. For example, if a person wants to stop smoking, then they must make a conscious effort to overcome their current habits first.
There are a few habits that can be easily changed by a change in will power or a change in environment. However, the person must be willing to change and understand how the new routine will affect their lives. In addition, they need to be able to recognize a certain trigger that will activate a certain behavior. When they recognize the trigger, they can take steps toward breaking the bad habit.