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Habits are more than routines

Habits are more than routines

There are hundreds of things we do routinely every day. We wake up, check our phones, eat our meals, do our jobs.

More recently, these actions have become a place for self-improvement and life-hacks. These guides tend to show habits as routines that follow a repeated sequence of behaviours, but this account is stripped of much of its historical richness.


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What 'behaviorism' teaches us about ourselves

Today's self-help books rely on 20th-century behavioural psychologists such as BF Skinner, Clark Hull, John B Watson and Ivan Pavlov. These thinkers prioritise observable, stimulus-response reactions over inner feelings or thoughts.



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Thomas Aquinas on habits

The theologian Thomas Aquinas saw habit as a significant component of spiritual life. In his Summa Theologica (1265-1274), habitus meant rational choice that leads the true believer to the sense of faithful freedom and consuetudo involved habits that in...


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David Hume on habits

Enlightenment philosopher David Hume thought of habits in broader terms. He considered habit as something that empowers and enables us. He concluded that habit is the 'cement of the universe' that 'all operations of the mind depend on.'

He believed that any skill we use to ...


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Aristotle on habit

Philosophers used to look at habits as a way of thinking who we are, what it means to have faith, and why our daily habits reveal something about the larger world.

Aristotle uses the term hexis (a lasting characteristic, capacity or disposition that one 'owns') and...


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