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Pointing-and-calling is so effective because it raises the level of awareness from a nonconscious habit to a more conscious level.
The more automatic a behavior becomes, the less likely we are to consciously think about it, so one of our greatest challenges in changing habits is maintaining awareness of what we are actually doing.
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