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Seeing the Bigger Picture Can Promote Self-Control

From a distant perspective one sees the forest, but from a proximal perspective one sees trees.

Scarcity Makes Everything Desirable

Scarcity contributes to an interesting and a meaningful life.
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7 Tips for Setting Achievable Goals

A successful self-control requires that one’s goal be kept firmly in focus, and reserve the most careful decision resources for the goals that matter most.

10 Strategies for Developing Self-Control

Self-control strategies are considered key drivers of behavior change to promote healthier behavior.
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Why Do People Drink?

The motivational perspective predicts that people will be motivated to use addictive substances to the extent that they expect that doing so will result in desirable effects.
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10 Patterns of Addictive Behavior

The following list identifies several important behavioral patterns associated with addiction.
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The Lure of the Special Occasion

Why is relapse so often preceded by the statement that this is a “special occasion”?

Making Life-Changing Decisions

We need to think differently about making big life choices.
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5 Types of Decisions We Regret Most

Psychologists suggest that the capacity to acknowledge what is regrettable in life emerges from maturity and contributes to maturation itself.

Drug Use as Epidemic Phenomena

The idea of a drug epidemic captures the fact that drug use is a learned behavior, transmitted from one person to another.

What Is Narrative Bias?

We humans generally aren’t great at reasoning objectively about uncertainty as we go about our daily lives.

The Craving Mind

A key aspect of relapse is the way cravings can distort practical reasoning, typically in ways that make it difficult to plan in advance.

Applying Game Theory to Recovery From Addiction

We can use the insights from the prisoner dilemma to suggest ways to resist changing motivation.
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The Mind of a Flip-Flopper

People have self-control problems in the form of a present-biased preference, where one places extra weight on more immediate rewards.

Cognitive Dissonance and Addiction

Cognitive dissonance is a case of detecting our own hypocrisy, and hypocrisy is a powerful motivation for finding justifications (excuses) for our action.
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5 Elements of Desire Formation

Whether people will give in to the desire in any given time depends on two things: the strength of the desire and the strength of the self to resist the urge.
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5 Reasons Why We Crave Comfort Foods

Comfort foods give distinctive pleasure or make us temporarily feel better.
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Why Do You Always Have Room for Dessert?

Research consistently shows that exposure to a variety of foods results in overeating and weight gain.

5 Reasons Why We Eat More Than We Realize

Human eating behavior is not solely regulated by homeostatic mechanisms but also by the food reward system.
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10 Ways Your Brain Keeps You From Maintaining Healthy Weight

Our cognitive biases lead to craving and overeating, and contribute to weight gain and obesity.
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How to Prevent Cravings?

A key lesson of behavioral economics is the power of the context that shapes behavior and overrides individuals’ intentions.
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How Self-Control Can Help You Live a Healthier Life

Self-control is a vital strength and key determinant of success in everyday life.

What Motivates You to Succeed?

People differ in sensitivity to reward and punishment in pursuit of their goals.
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7 Effects of Alcohol Myopia

Alcohol consumption impacts us in many ways—and most of them are not good for us.

10 Factors Predicting Relapse

An understanding of the circumstances under which people fail at self-control can provide valuable insights into how to overcome self-control problems.

The 5 Most Common Reasons We Procrastinate

The path of least resistance isn't always the best path to take.
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5 Reasons People Fail to Follow Through on Health Goals

The most basic consequence of behaving inconsistently is that we are strangers to ourselves.
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10 Reasons We Rush for Immediate Gratification

In the same way that preferences for food items differ across people, so do preferences for time.

10 Ideas for Wise Decision-Making

High intelligence is not enough for successful decision-making.
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The Power of Small Decisions

Choices that create an undesirable way of life are made one day at a time.

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