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 […]

Changing Circumstance, Disrupting Habits

Habits are Automatic How much did you today that was simply a repetition of yesterday?  Was your breakfast similar? Maybe it was different but you sat in the same chair or ate it at the same time? What about the order of your morning ablutions? The route you took to work?  The irresistible snack you […]

I am my habits and you, my dear, are yours.

My regulars may have noticed I’ve lost my groove somewhat in recent months.  I have many excuses; not least of which is trying to finish my PhD and preparing for another international move with the family.  Although I have kept up my blogging mojo with more on my plate.  So why the slippage?  I think […]

But we never go out any more!!!

Life is not easy for the loved ones of the chronically ill. There was a big hoo-ha recently in endometriosis circles when someone dared publish an article on what endometriosis does to the sex lives of men.  It is not much of a spoiler to say …. bad stuff happens … very bad stuff happens. […]

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