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Habits: How They Form And How To Break Them

Habits: How They Form And How To Break Them
Routines are made up of a three-part "habit loop": a cue, a behavior and a reward. Understanding and interrupting that loop is key to breaking a habit, says journalist Charles Duhigg. iStockphoto.com hide caption itoggle caption iStockphoto.com Think about something it took you a really long time to learn, like how to parallel park. At first, parallel parking was difficult and you had to devote a lot of mental energy to it. Parallel parking, gambling, exercising, brushing your teeth and every other habit-forming activity all follow the same behavioral and neurological patterns, says New York Times business writer Charles Duhigg. How Habits Form It turns out that every habit starts with a psychological pattern called a "habit loop," which is a three-part process. "Then there's the routine, which is the behavior itself," Duhigg tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. The third step, he says, is the reward: something that your brain likes that helps it remember the "habit loop" in the future.

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