Habit Slayers

Unwanted habits are susceptible to some simple tricks, says PsyBlog, reviewing a new study. Something you want to stop doing?  Try:

  • Vigilant monitoring: watching out for slip-ups and saying “Don’t do it!” to yourself.
  • Distraction: trying to think about something else.
  • Stimulus control: removing the opportunity to perform the habit, say by leaving the bar, fast-food restaurant or electronics store.