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Habit, Ritual or Disorder

Psychological Perspectives

 

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Ken Silvestro, PhD.

Have you ever found yourself performing a particular behavior and immediately repeating it, or thinking about something that was followed by a specific behavior, and repeating the combination at different times during the day or week? Or maybe there is a special routine that you perform to help you overcome anxiety or difficulties.

Most people experience one, or more, of these behaviors in their daily lives. For example, you're leaving the house to meet a friend but the woodstove is full of burning wood. So, you check and double check the woodstove door to be sure it's secure. Or, every tim...



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