CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Do you find yourself procrastinating, biting your nails or being chronically late? Maybe you drink too much, smoke or park yourself in front of one of the home shopping channels with a credit card.
Whatever the behavior, you can be sure the habit formed over time. The reason it has such a hold on you is that it's been reinforced over and over again. Practice makes perfect.
Habits can be conscious or unconscious, healthy or unhealthy, attractive or repulsive, important or trivial. As I sit here twirling my hair, I realize I perform this habit when I'm deep in thought. Which is not such a bad thing -- unless you ask my hairdresser.
According to authors Suzanne LeVert and Gary McClain, your bad habit isn't really a bad habit. Not at all. It's a coping mechanism -- a perfectly natural way of adapting to an incredibly:
... world in which you don't (choose one):
We all suffer the same burdens of modern living: too much to do, too little time, too much stimulation but too little satisfaction, and - most of all - not enough self esteem.
In short, bad habits serve to:
What part of your life seems most out of control? Are you frustrated and overwhelmed by your work or personal responsibilities? Are you continually overscheduled? Do you feel unfulfilled and unmotivated? Could your ego use a little (or more than a little) boosting?
These are all questions LeVert and McClain explore in their book, "Breaking Bad Habits," from "The Complete Idiot's Guide" series.