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When Facing Temptation, Are You an All-or-Nothing Person? A Quiz.

This morning, I had a long, heated conversation with a friend about the distinction between Abstainers and Moderators. I really do believe that this is one of the most helpful insights I’ve ever had, about how to change your habits. Of course, I’ve been thinking non-stop about habits for the book I’m writing, Better Than Before. In it, I identify …


My New Book about Habit Formation, as Distilled in 21 Sentences.

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. Today: My new book about habit-formation, handily distilled into 21 sentences. As I may have mentioned, I’m working on Better Than Before, a book about how we can change our habits. It’s at the copy-editing stage now, so it’s really nearing completion — both thrilling and slightly terrifying. (If …


A Few Reasons Why It’s Hard to Know How Much We’re Eating.

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. Today: A partial list of why it’s hard to monitor how much we’re eating. The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting piece today, The Problem with Portions: From Applebee’s to Yoplait, Food Makers Struggle to Find the Size That Sells. It caught my eye, because I’ve thought a lot …


Which of These 10 Categories of Loopholes Do You Invoke?

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Quiz Day, or Tip Day. This Wednesday: the 10 categories of popular loopholes. For the past two weeks, I’ve been posting about loopholes. I’ve made a study of loopholes as part of my research for my next book, Before and After, about habit-formation. (If you want to be notified when the book is available …


Trying To Resist Holiday Temptations? 7 Tips for Abstainers and Moderators.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday:  7 tips for using the abstainer/moderator split to fight holiday temptations. Ah, the holidays. Everywhere you go, you face cookies, candy, booze, and snacks and treats of every kind. While this creates a festive atmosphere, it can also lead to a lot of anxiety and/or guilt in those of us trying to resist …