Habit And Learning How It Works Makes It Easier For Control And Overcome

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According to Charles Duhigg, identifying a habit and learning how it works makes it easier to control and overcome (Duhigg, p.13). He makes this claim in response to simple habits such as brushing teeth in the morning, but he does not take into great consideration practices such as taking recreational drugs after a hard day at work. I do not agree with this claim by Duhigg. My claim is that some habits are almost impossible to overcome, and in some cases changing these habits requires more than just the participation of the individuals.
• Some habits—especially those created out of necessity such as taking three meals a day—are impossible to change.
• Other habits take a lot of time, energy, and support from other habits to change even when causes and solutions are identified; it is not always easy to control and change habits.
First Argument A habit can be defined as an established custom. Unlike a natural reaction to a given situation such as running away from danger, a habit is formed when something is done repetitively over an extended period to gain a reward; as Duhigg (p.13) explains, a habit is characterized by cue, routines, and reward. As such, any habit should be easy to change when identified as claimed by Duhigg. Some habits formed out of necessity are virtually impossible to change.
For example, it is a habit in the Maasai community to hunt and kill lions whenever there is an initiation ceremony (Hazzah et al., p.2430). The killing of lions is a…

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