Habit 1: Be Proactive

This is part of a series on the science (if any) behind the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ from the late Stephen Covey. This post is about Habit 1: Be Proactive Stop the press! When preparing the introduction for this series I had not yet found anything really slamming Coveys ideas.  This week I […]

The 7 Habits: Do they stand the test of time? Will they save us?

Once upon a time when I was a young management consultant/coach, I swallowed ideas on offer at swanky conferences by swanky peeps (especially when the hotel and wine were good).  My past four years in the ivory towers (doing a PhD) have taught me to question everything, to ask for the evidence.  I am now […]

Pure. A Review

Pure. By Rose Bretécher. Unbound. 2015. I seem to be falling into a bit of a genre rut with my book reviews: woman with mental illness writes stunning book about her actual life.   I wonder why?   Yes envy, I envy these women, here’s me with my wee blog and here are they touching […]

Bad Science: A review

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre. (2009)  Farrar, Straus and Giroux New York. Goldacre opens his Bad Science book with the promise that by the end you’ll be able to win any science-y argument you choose (from MMR vaccines to cancer preventing super vegetables). This is a big ask, too big perhaps? After a total of […]

How Emotions Are Made: A Book Review

The Book: “How Emotions are made”. By Lisa Feldman Barret. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcout (2017) Why should you care how your emotions are made? Let me ask you this: how often do you feel a victim of your emotions? or someone else’s? Conversely how often to you feel fully in charge of your emotions? […]

Science & Me

Once upon a time …. I was one of those people: my yoga retreats, desperate searches for the best organic vegetables, unpasteurized goats milk (direct from the happy free-range goat), expensive visits to holistic therapists of every flavour, walking barefoot on the morning grass to ‘ground myself’.  I am embarrassed to say, I have no […]

Controlling Habits in a Post Ego-Depletion landscape!

WTF? What on earth am I talking about, you may well ask? Firstly let’s talk ego depletion.  What on earth is it?  Well …..  it turns out (or does it?) that we have a finite amount of willpower and when we have to use our willpower over time, said will power will run out.  Like […]

Habits Big & Small: Flossing Investigated

This post is a summary of some research on flossing.  Before you yawn and go to sleep – think – what can be learnt from flossing about other habits and hence building a better life? At the start of the article Judah and his mates remind us of some of the things we have learnt […]

The Power of Habit: A Review

In my current obsession of researching the research on habits, it was obvious to revisit Charles Duhigg’s book “The Power of Habit”. Duhigg’s book is a delight to read (and reread). I like his vivid story telling, which almost has me forget I am learning. There is also a practical take-outs session at the end. […]

How are Habits Formed?

When behaviors are repeated in consistent settings (places, times, with certain peeps, etc.) they become automatic responses, that is, they become habits. So how do habits form? How long do they take to form? How is this different with each person? And how important is reward (or reinforcement) in this process? Let’s talk rewards first […]

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