Habits are repeated behaviors. Some habits are benign. For example, a baseball player has the habit of touching their foot with their bat every time they step into the batter’s box, or a teenager has a habit of checking their phone every time it makes a new message sound. Some habits can be harmful. Addictions and compulsions can keep people from accomplishing their goals.

Researching Habits

Learning people’s habits reveals behaviors that take up time in their day—things they can and sometimes can not control.

Questions to Ask

  • How much control does this person have over this habit?
  • What caused this habit?
  • Does this person regret they have this habit?
  • How does a person continue this habit?
  • What does this habit reveal about the ways this person prefers to behave?

Look For

  • Repetitive behavior
  • Complaints that a person wishes they could stop a habit
  • Habits that suggest traditions



Updated: June 21, 2024 11:39 pm
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