From Overeating To Procrastination, How To Break A Bad Habit

By Heather Schroering
Chicago Tribune.

Are you that guy at brunch who CAN’T. STOP. playing Candy Crush? Or have you ever reached for another potato chip, only to realize that you had eaten the entire bag in one sitting?

Worst of all, do you acknowledge you have a bad habit, but can’t seem to get rid of it?

“Why we keep doing things that hurt us is a fascinating question, because normally we learn from experience,” said Richard O’Connor, author of “Rewire: Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior” (Hudson Street Press).

“The automatic, non-thinking brain knows how to drive and type and breathe. That part of the brain really does learn from experience so we don’t repeat the same mistakes twice, except in certain circumstances, like when we’re not paying attention or when we have some hidden motive that’s keeping us in this self-destructive habit.”

In his book, O’Connor draws on the idea that we have “two brains,” a conscious, decision-making one and an automatic one that “quickly gobbles up the potato chip while the conscious self is distracted,” he writes in the book.

So in order to kick a bad habit, whether it’s overeating, incessantly playing video games or chronic procrastinating, you have to consciously coach your autopilot self through it, which isn’t always easy.

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  1. Lillie

    November 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I just caught your segment text my sister to view it. Very interesting and empowering.

    • WWR Editor

      November 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Thank You so very much! I hope you will keep coming back to visit our site. Allison

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