Human Habits – What’s Normal, What’s odd?

Habits are not just physical or emotional. Habits are psychological. They develop and happen subconsciously, meaning our brains tell us to do without us actually thinking about doing it. How does this play an effect on your life?

In the American Journal of Psychology, it is defined in this way: “A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience.” Habits are more than just physical actions. Think about racism. Say a white male is racist against a darker skinned race. The white person’s mentality is now that he hates the dark skinned man, and this happens at every sight of a dark skinned person. It doesn’t just happen when he sees one person, and then it goes away. No, but rather it repeats, also known as a habit. Habits are hard to break, so it’s most likely the white male might not ever lose the hatred for the dark skinned race.

Habits are as well physical. Smoking has become a habit for the world today, but this is due to the brain. A person doesn’t just pick up a cigarette and say to themselves “I think I’m going to start smoking today,” but rather a person is affected by the world, whether being they were stressed to the point in smoking, or that a person has influenced them enough to say that smoking heals stress. Once that person tries smoking, and they think they like it, they get addicted. Granted it has nicotine, but the subconscience starts to recognize smoking as a necesarry habit. Running is another habit. A person might run when they get home from work or school immediately. A person doesn’t just start running because they think it would be fun. Many people run once and quit because it’s hard. Addictive runners get upset when they don’t run on their normal schedules, this being from experience. The brain tells them they missed their “appointment.”

Habits, all in all, are a pattern created by the brain that, if missed an “appointment,” the brain recognizes the missed scheduling. Notice the brain doesn’t notice a MADE appointment, due to the fact that it’s subconsious. Habits are psychological effects that the brain tells the body whether it’s “normal” or “odd.”

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