This quote comes from an article on NPR, What Herion Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits.
In this way, Neal says, our environments come to unconsciously direct our behavior…Over time those cues become so deeply ingrained that they are very hard to resist…We sit on the couch and eat ice cream when we don’t need to, despite our best intentions, despite our resolutions.
“We don’t feel sort of pushed by the environment,” Wood says. “But, in fact, we’re very integrated with it.” To battle bad behaviors then, one answer is to disrupt the environment in some way. Even small changes can help — like eating the ice cream with your nondominant hand. What this does is disrupt the learned body sequence that’s driving the behavior, which allows your conscious mind to come back online and reassert control.
“It’s a brief sort of window of opportunity,” Wood says, “to think, ‘Is this really what I want to do?’ “
Habits are behaviors that are repeated over and over, until they become a habit. The research suggests that by disrupting this habitual behavior in same way can help break those habits we find less desirable. Interesting conclusions, but I might have to try my own research tonight with a bowl of ice cream 🙂