Do people change?
It’s a question usually reserved for those moments we contemplate reuniting with an ex or going back to work with a former boss. But around this time of year, when we realize our New Year’s resolutions are dead in the water just two months in, it’s a question many of us will turn on ourselves.
So, why is it so hard to change? The short answer is that any change requires breaking our habits and that really is incredibly difficult
Neuroscientists have identified that once a behavior becomes automatic, the decision-making part of your brain basically takes a nap. For the most part this is advantageous because you have mental activity to spare for other things. When you’re trying to break habits, however, it’s a major roadblock. It sends you into default mode, follow your established pattern and perpetuate your bad habit. Soon enough these habits are so deeply ingrained that you often don’t even see them. They become your blind spots and they’re stop you from reaching your goals. Read more…
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