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Secret of Adulthood: Don’t Believe Everything You Think.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   Agree, disagree? This reminds me of the ten categories of loopholes. With a lot of loopholes — especially those in the Questionable Assumptions category — if you look at them closely, you realize that you don’t really believe what you think. I have a chapter on the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting in Better Than Before, my …


A Key to Good Habits? Don’t Allow Ourselves to Feel Deprived.

A few days ago, I read Gretchen Reynolds’s piece in the New York Times, Losing weight may require some serious fun, about a study that makes a point that I think is incredibly important. In the study, women were sent to walk a one-mile course in the next half hour, with lunch to follow. –Half were told that their walk …


What Loopholes Do You Invoke at Work, in Relationships, at Home?

I’ve written a lot about loopholes. In my forthcoming habits book, I identify the multiple strategies we can use to shape our habits. I love every strategy and every chapter — habit-formation is an intensely interesting subject — but my favorite chapter is the one on the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting. Loopholes are just so funny. Below, I’ve listed the ten …


What Are Your Treats? Do You Have Any That Don’t Look Like Treats?

I’ve asked this question before, but I’m asking again, because I find it so fascinating: Do you have any “treats” that don’t look like treats? What are your treats? In my forthcoming book, Before and After, about how we make and break habits — really — I identify a bunch of strategies we can use to change our habits. Perhaps …


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 …