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Understanding Habits

This is a basic outline for a habit sequence. How a sequence actually occurs, varies from person to person and can be more complex.
habits, behaviors and hypnosis

~ The habit sequence is very fast and appears instant. The subconscious mind works as a simple reaction, not with analysis like your conscious mind. This can make it feel like your are not able to control your habits as they can happen before your conscious mind 'knows' about it.

The original reason for the learned reaction does not need to be known for behavior modification to be effective. ~ It is said that around 80% of our day is controlled by subconscious activity. This may seem odd to consider. But, if you look at the things you do all day; walking, breathing, digestion, posture, your work activity, driving, cooking, exercise, etc.. It can be done in a "mindless" unfocused way. Being done based on your previous experience and practice.

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A person is not always aware of the trigger for a particular habit. But, there is always some situation or circumstance that sets a habit sequence into motion. The feeling in a habit sequence seems to be the most unnoticed step. All day long we act and react based on how we feel about the events around us. The action in a habit sequence can be mental, physical, or both. The action happens quickly and automatically without the need for conscious thought.
Trigger examples: Lead to Feeling: Creates a reaction or habit:
See a Spider Feel Fear Experience fear, Stress and/or Anxiety
Home alone Feel Lonely Urges or cravings to eat, drink, smoke, pick nails, feel anxiety, etc...
Visiting with friends Feel Happy Urges or cravings to eat, smoke, drink, or other behaviors the person may now considers inappropriate


can be used to uncover triggers if they are not known and "neutralize" the power they may hold over your life.


can be used to recognize, work with, and change inappropriate feelings to triggers.


can be used to recognize, work with and change inappropriate reactions to feelings.