Why Do We Do the Things We Do?

Explaining behavior less abstractly may give you more control over your life. "We are very good at finding reasons for what we do, but not very good at doing what we have reasons for."

By Ellen J. Langer, published on May 1, 2003 - last reviewed on September 7, 2005

Ellen J. Langer, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Harvard
University. She is the author of
The Power of Mindful Learning(Perseus, 1997) and
Mindfulness (Perseus, 1989).