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“Habit Change Is Easiest When People Move House or Undergo Some Life Transition.”

Habits interview: Wendy Wood. I was very pleased to get the chance to interview Professor and Vice Dean Wendy Wood, because she’s one of the top experts in the field of habits, and has done much of the most interesting research in the area. For instance, it was her research that showed that about people repeat about 40% of their …


Are You a “People-Pleaser?” What Do You Feel Obliged To Do?

I posted yesterday about “Do you resist when anyone asks or tell you what to do?”, about some questions I had about the Rebel Tendency, as part of the Four Tendencies framework I’ve created. The  Four Tendencies are part of what I discuss in Better Than Before, my book on habit change. A key piece of self-knowledge — which is …


Do You Resist When Anyone Asks or Tells You To Do Something?

It may have been a while since I posted on the Four Tendencies, but have no doubt, I’m still obsessed with this subject. I came up with the  Four Tendencies framework as part of my work on Better Than Before, my book on habit change. There, I reveal the secret of habit formation. Really. Ready to hear the mystery solved? …


Can a Vine Behave like an Olive Tree? No.

A vine cannot behave olively, nor an olive tree vinely—it is impossible, inconceivable. No more can a human being wholly efface his native disposition. –Epictetus, Discourses, 2.20.18 This is what has struck me most in my study of habits. We can’t change our fundamental nature. We have to form the habits that work for us. An Owl shouldn’t bother trying …


Video: For Habits, the Strategy of Abstaining, or, How To Be Free From French Fries.

I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple …