• Briana Theroux

From Willpower To Habits



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When we embark on our ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ, whatever that change may be, things can be difficult. We are ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ trying to leave our old routines behind and develop new ones, something that requires a lot of ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ and enough active thought to discourage many.โฃ

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๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ!โฃ

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Youโ€™ll only need ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ in the beginning. The longer you push through the uncomfortable zone, the easier things become as new habits develop.โฃ

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๐—”๐—ป ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฎ: these individuals are literally starving to death and are still able to overcome their biological drive to eat or be less active. Those with anorexia develop rigid rules that require willpower initially, but that start to function habitually over time. โฃ

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In other words, food restriction is initially maintained by conscious effort and a realization of rewards (๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ), which eventually becomes habit through classical conditioning (๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ).โฃ

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Yes, people with anorexia have changes in brain chemistry that give them more willpower than the average person and give them a greater predisposition towards rigidity. โฃ

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However, those changes in brain chemistry are not unique to individuals with anorexia; it just so happens that these individuals directed their attention towards disordered eating rather than other parts of their life.โฃ


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