Why aren't we the dieters we know we could be?
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This is a good quick article about how knowing what to do and DOing it are two different things, and that in order to change behavior you need to focus on creating an environment where the positive behavior is reinforced. I read this article thinking about dieting (although it's great info about parenting as well). Here's a quote from the article:
"The lesson of much contemporary research in judgment and decision-making is that knowledge — at least in the form of our consciously accessible representation of a situation — is rarely the central factor controlling our behavior. The real power of online behavioral control comes not from knowledge, but from things like situation selection, habit formation, and emotion regulation. This is a lesson that therapy has taken to heart, but one that 'pure science' continues to neglect."