Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Cant' help but think habit plays into this entire discussion of decision-making. We do have habits of thinking and deciding. In his new book, "The Power of habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business," NYT reporter, Charles Duhigg mines the fields of neuroscience and social psychology to figure out the new findings about habit formation and change. Bad habits (and I think of the laziness of a quick Google search when more is required), can be changed by painstakingly practicing a better response that "wears a new groove" in our brains. With successful finding comes motivation to take a similar path next time. With failure comes the motivation to look beyond our current searching habits. The author does mention the mental habits we have when we interpret a situation -- sometimes in detrimental ways. This certainly applies to the activities of find & learn. It would take finding new perspectives and a desire to move from negative thinking that could lead to uncovering a better story.