Monday, March 19, 2018

On changing a habit..................

     Habits operate on a neurological loop consisting of three parts:  the cue, the routine, and the reward.  A habit could involve eating cookies:  the cue might be hunger, the routine going to the pantry and grabbing a cookie, and the reward a sugar high.  Or, in poker, the cue might be winning a hand, the routine taking credit for it, the reward a boost to our ego.  Charles Duhigg, in The Power of Habits, offers the golden rule of habit change - that the best way to deal with a habit is to respect the habit loop;  "To change a habit, you must keep the old cue, and deliver the old reward, but insert a new routine."

-Annie Duke,  Thinking In Bets:  Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts

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