Most of the things you do on a daily basis lead from habits. Every morning, you reach out for your toothbrush, knowing just where it is because you have become used to it or it’s your habit! We must understand what we are dealing with to alter habits effectively!
What is a habit?
Habits are regularly performed routine behaviors. The behaviors are repeated and often unconscious and are frequently repeated. Several habits are oblivious as we don’t realize that we’re doing them. For instance: as part of your routine, you clean your teeth every morning. You do not have to work yourself up to clean your teeth or set alarms as a reminder to you. You do as you’ve been practicing this habit for a long time.
When you go to the kitchen or work, you have your morning coffee. It’s a habit. It happens on your part with very little conscious thinking. Habits describe our personality, emotions and ideas, and normal behaviors. We can also notice that habits are practices that are almost or completely unconscious and that we improve or achieve better output because they are repeated frequently.
What does psychology say about habits?
A habit is to be considered as a connection between a stimulus and a reaction. It acts as a psychic connection between a thought (stimulus) trigger and our reaction (the reaction) to that trigger. This connection is a habit and affects all our subsequent decisions and conduct. It becomes almost permanent if we repeat this connection frequently enough without intentional intervention to change it.
For instance, stress could be a stimulus for overeating. Stress can be physical, emotional, or mental, and can be caused by things like a limited diet, fatigue, argument, an awful day at work, or even negative thinking. The most go-to reaction for managing this pressure might eat. Over time, the connection can become so powerful that our automatic or continuous stress response is to eat. In psychology, as Pavlov’s dogs have shown, this is known as classical conditioning. The dogs learned to combine a tone with food and would be salivating whenever they heard the sound of whether or not the food was present.
We must weaken the link between the stimulus and the reaction so that the adverse behavior finishes and ends up entirely.
Addictions vs Habits
A habit can also turn into an addition.
How do you understand if you have created an unhealthy habit or are addicted to it? It can be hard to determine the distinction between both, as both arise from recurring behavior. However, it is necessary to distinguish between the habit and addiction, as their scope and treatment vary greatly.
An important difference between habit and addiction is the time and effort required to change conduct. It requires little effort, time, and thought to transform habits. On the other side, addiction often requires an integrative, long-term plan to treat physical symptoms such as withdrawal and emotional disconnection between body and behavior.
Unlike a habit such as brushing teeth, the addict has almost no control over his or her willingness to participate in addiction over and over again. You are unable to change behavior, even if the abuse of addictive substances harms your relationships, jobs, and well-being.