Slaves to Habit




CBC - Doczone
(original air date: Jan 2, 2014)

Smoking, overeating, shopping, nail-biting… we all have a habit that we would like to get rid of, but where the brain is willing, the body is often weak and more often than not, we ultimately give into temptation.  SLAVES TO HABIT, a 1 x 1 hour documentary,takes an in-depth look at bad habits, the behavior that surrounds them, and the startling new science on the interaction between brain chemistry, habit and self-control.

Following three individuals over a 6-week period as they struggle to break their bad habits, SLAVES TO HABIT features some of the world’s foremost authorities on how our habits affect or control our lives including psychologist, Dr. John C. Norcross, author of ‘Changeology: 5 steps to realizing your goals and resolutions’ and Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg, author of ‘The Power of Habit – Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business’.

Why is it that some people, despite years of trying, still struggle to change, while others seem to remake themselves overnight? According to Duhigg, a habit consists of three parts: “There’s a cue, which is like a trigger for an automatic behaviour to start, and then a routine which is the behaviour itself, and then finally a reward. Most people focus on the behaviour and the routine – but research reveals that it’s the cue and the reward that shape how the habit functions.”

In the end, SLAVES TO HABIT is an essential tool that reveals how we can harness and apply recent science on habit to transform our businesses, our communities, and our own lives.

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