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The Science of Habit [Infographic]

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The Science of Habit [Infographic]

What is a Habit?

The Science of Habit [Infographic]A habit is a person’s usual way of doing a certain action or thought process, in a regular or repeated way. It has become an instinctual way of doing a thing, done without conscious thought.

Our friends at Merriam-Webster, an Encyclopedia Britannica Company, give us these definitions:

  • The prevailing disposition or character of a person’s thoughts and feelings : mental makeup
  • A settled tendency or usual manner of behavior
  • A behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance
  • An acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary

Let’s take a look at this infographic to help us learn more…


The Science of Habit: Popular Habits vs. Popular Addictions [Infographic]

Infographic by 12 Palms Rehab

Study of Habits

From a study by Costa and Kallick in Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers, the list of 16 habits of effective problem-solvers are:

  1. Persisting
  2. Managing Impulsivity
  3. Listening with Understanding and Empathy
  4. Thinking Flexibly
  5. Thinking about Thinking
  6. Striving for Accuracy
  7. Questioning and Posing Problems
  8. Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
  9. Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
  10. Gathering Data Through All Senses
  11. Creating, Imagining, Innovating
  12. Responding with Wonderment and Awe
  13. Taking Responsible Risks
  14. Finding Humor
  15. Thinking Interdependently
  16. Remaining Open to Continuous Learning

Breaking habits before they start, in this article published by MIT News:

“It’s usually so difficult to break a habit,” Graybiel says. “It’s also difficult to have a habit not form when you get a reward for what you’re doing. But with this manipulation, it’s absolutely easy. You just turn the light on, and bingo.”


Start building good habits, learn how to replace the bad with the good, and you will accomplish more in your life!


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