A habit is a routine of behaviour that is repeated regularly and tends to occur unconsciously. Dictionary meaning of habit is a usual way of behaving: something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way. In the American Journal of Psychology it is defined in this way: "A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, doing or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience." Habitual behaviour often goes unnoticed in persons exhibiting it, because a person does not need to engage in self-analysis when undertaking routine tasks. Habits are sometimes compulsory. The process by which new behaviours become automatic is habit formation. Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form because the behavioural patterns we repeat are imprinted in our neural pathways, but it is possible to form new habits through repetition.
SIPE EDUCATION WILL HELP YOU TO FORM NEW HEALTHY HABITS OR BREAK OLD UNHEALTHY ONE.
HOW HABITS FORM
It turns out that every habit starts with a psychological pattern called a "habit loop," which is a three-part process. First, there's a cue, or trigger, that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and let behaviour unfold.
Then there's the routine, which is the behaviour itself it is the ritual.
The third step is the reward: something that your brain likes that helps it remember the "habit loop" in the future.
Neuroscientists have traced our habit-making behaviours to a part of the brain called the basal ganglia, which also plays a key role in the development of emotions, memories and pattern recognition.
Decisions are made in a different part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex. It is our thinking brain but as soon as behaviour becomes automatic, the decision-making part of your brain goes into a sleep mode of sorts. In fact, the thinking brain starts working less and less, and this is a real advantage, because it means you have all of this mental activity you can devote to something else. That's why it's easy - while driving or brushing your teeth - to completely focus on something else: like the radio, or a conversation you're having.
You can do these complex behaviours without being mentally aware of it at all, and that's because of the capacity of our basal ganglia to take behaviour and turn it into an automatic routine.
SIPE EDUCATION WILL HELP YOU TO FORM HABIT LOOP OF NEW HEALTHY HABIT.
BREAKING OLD HABITS
What we know from lab studies is that it's never too late to break a habit. Habits are malleable throughout your entire life. But we also know that the best way to change a habit is to understand its structure - that once you tell people about the cue and the reward and you force them to recognize what those factors are in behaviour, it becomes much, much easier to change.
SIPE EDUCATION WILL HELP YOU TO RECOGNIZE THESE FACTORS AND TO CHANGE THEM.