An interesting piece that appeared earlier this month in the British Psychological Society’s Research Blog. Reproduced here expecially for those of us working on our Ngondro practice!
How to form a habit
This has nothing to do with nuns’ clothing. Habits are those behaviours that have become automatic, triggered by a cue in the environment rather than by conscious will. Health psychologists are interested for obvious reasons – they want to assist people in breaking unhealthy habits, while helping them adopt healthy ones. Remarkably, although there are plenty of habit-formation theories, before now, no-one had actually studied habits systematically as they are formed.