The power of habit and the story of Pepsodent

I recently came across a mind-blowing story about how Pepsodent was launched in the market and how brushing teeth became a worldwide habit. I came across the story in a book titled The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg. To those of you who have read the book, this post will serve as a nice little reminder …

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Why are addictions so hard to break?

Why do addicts want higher and higher doses of a drug, even if it’s ruining their lives? Why do people spend endlessly on gambling only even though it saps their financial resources? Why do people that are addicted to junk food even though it’s fattening them up? When it comes to how addiction works, drug addicts …

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The process of addiction (Explained)

This article will discuss the psychological process of addiction with a focus on the major reasons behind getting addicted. The word addiction comes from ‘ad’ which is a prefix meaning ‘to’ and ‘dictus’ which means ‘to say or tell’. The words ‘dictionary’ and ‘dictation’ are also derived from ‘dictus’. Hence, etymologically, ‘addiction’ means ‘to tell …

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What causes bad habits?

Sheena was an over-eater. One day she finally realized that she was indulging in her bad habit only to lift her mood. This awareness increased her determination to quit and she did. For two weeks, she didn’t eat more than necessary and was happy that she had finally gotten hold of her habit. However, after …

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Why do we form habits?

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A habit is a behaviour that is repeated again and again. Based on the type of consequences that we face, habits are of two types- good habits and bad habits. Good habits that have positive effects on our lives and bad habits that negatively impact our lives. Human beings are creatures of habit. Our habits …

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Nature of stress explained

This article will discuss the nature of stress with a focus on two perspectives that explain what causes it. Stress has been turned into such a modern-day enemy that even the word ‘stress’ sounds stressful. Still, there are some who say that it is your friend, in that it spurs you into action. Who’s right …

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10 Ego defence mechanisms in psychology

This post will discuss 10 common ego defence mechanisms that we encounter regularly in our day-to-day lives. Your ego is your sense of self or ‘I’. Technically, your ego is your conscious mind. We all desire to feel worthy and stay psychologically stable. Now when something happens that threatens our well-being or decreases our self-worth, …

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What is learned helplessness in psychology?

Helplessness is an emotion that we experience when we realize that we can’t do anything to solve an important problem. Helplessness is usually experienced after we have used up all the options that were available to us for solving our problem. When there’s no option left or we can’t think of any, we feel helpless. Suppose …

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Emotional suppression: Causes and consequences

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This article will explore the concept of emotional suppression, its causes and consequences. You’ll also learn what is meant by emotional numbness and how to avoid suppressing your emotions. Suppose something bad happens to you that causes you a great deal of emotional pain. Now there are three possible things that you could do in …

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