Tag: habits


Habits are routine of behaviors that is

  • repeated regularly and
  • tends to occur subconsciously.

The American Journal of Psychology (1903) defined a “habit, from the standpoint of psychology. It is more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience.”

Habitual behavior often goes unnoticed in persons exhibiting it. A person does not need to engage in self-analysis when undertaking routine tasks. Habits are sometimes compulsory.

A 2002 daily experience study by habit researcher Wendy Wood and her colleagues found that approx. 43% of daily behaviors are performed out of habit.

Forming new behaviours

New behaviours can become automatic through the process of habit formation.

Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form because the behavioural patterns. It is because humans repeat become imprinted in neural pathways, but it is possible to form new habits through repetition.


When behaviors are repeated in a consistent context, there is an incremental increase in the link between the context and the action.  This increases the automaticity of the behavior in that context.

Features of an automatic behavior are all or some of:  efficiency; lack of awareness; unintentionality; and uncontrollability.


Behavioral addiction is a form of addiction. It involves a compulsion to engage in a rewarding non-substance-related behavior. It sometimes called as a natural reward. Despite any negative consequences to the person’s physical, mental, social or financial well-being.

Addiction refers to substance abuse. However, the term’s connotation has been expanded to include behaviors that may lead to a reward (such as gambling, eating, or shopping) since the 1990s.

A gene transcription factor has been identified as a necessary common factor involved in both behavioral and drug addictions. Moreover these are associated with the same set of neural adaptations in the reward system.