I know it’s a bold claim, but it all has to do with “ironic process theory”.
According to a recent article in the New York Times, research shows that thought suppression has counterproductive effects on behaviors. Carl Jung said it this way: “What you resist not only persists but will grow in size.”
So the question is, if resistance is futile when are trying to change a bad habit, what can you do instead to stop the bad behavior?
Carl Richards, the author of the NYT article, suggests replacing the behavior you are trying to resist with something else.
So if you are trying to quit smoking, replace that urge by doing something else, like having a drink of water, or better yet, reading this blog.
There’s over 1,000 posts, so that should get you through a lot of urges to smoke. And by the time you’ve read all of them, the desire to smoke will be a distant memory.
And who knows, reading my blog will then become a habit.
And if you try to break that habit, just remember, resistance is futile.