How do you break a bad emotional or behavioral pattern?

I was wondering what do you think are good methods for breaking out of bad habits, behavioral and emotional patterns?

What I mean by behavioral pattern is an aggregate of all behavior s that you repeat over and over.

What I mean by emotional pattern is much the same as a behavioral pattern but more from the mental scope, eg. thoughts and emotions that you repeatedly indulge in.

Thank you all for your time and answers, it was helpful <3! The situation is solving itself from lack of choice to do the wrong thing ^^


Most Helpful Girl

  • What works best for me, is to first find out where things go wrong (eg why and under which circumstances you have your 'weak moments' etc.) Then I picture myself as the person I would be if I succeed in changing whatever the problem is. Take your time in this phase, it's really important to have a clear view of your goal!

    Then I like to set a date for the start of the 'changing process', and if possible a kind of 'deadline' to live towards as well! Another tip that works really well for me: I like to make my decision on forehand, so that you can simply stick to that instead of having to think about it at crucial moments, increasing the risk of making the bad 'weak' choice! Hope this helps you a little bit ;)

    • Thanks for your answer :)

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What Girls Said 3

  • Very difficult but not impossible. Treat it like you treat an addiction. Fight it and force yourself to make different choices

    • Depending how sever, medication from a psychiatrist may be needed to give an intial boost.

    • Thanks for your answer :)

    • Yw ^^

  • I just did this lol, you have to really stand back and look at what's going on around you and then see where or how you fit into this behavior. the subtract your self or the variables out and see your self for what you are then see if this is something you really want to change. If so you will not forgot what you have learned or seen and it will stick with you. It can be very difficult process but if it is worth it, it will be for the best. best of luck.

    • Thanks for your answer :)

What Guys Said 1

  • Simple, replace it with another one.

    Or I personally learned how to suppress a few of them, but that learning that ability involved repeating them consciously, and it didn't come without sacrifice.

    • Thanks for your answer :)