Friday, October 24, 2014

Have you ever attempted to break a habit? How successful or unsuccessful were you? What was the biggest impediment to or cause of your success?

          Yes, I have previously attempted to break an unhealthy and harmful habit. Such a habit was smoking cigarettes. Smoking cigarettes was an unhealthy habit with short-term and long-term adverse health effects that are often irreversible. This particular habit did not stem from impulsivity, low self-esteem, alienation, aggressiveness, or rebelliousness because I had an addiction to a stimulus; which, was the biggest impediment to my success (Friedman & Schustack, 2011). I understood the harmful effects of such a habit and because of the concerns of my children I knew this habit had to stop. In regard to success or unsuccessfulness, I was very successful at breaking this habit and have not smoked a cigarette in over three years. One of the reasons for such success was because I switched from real cigarettes to smoking an electronic cigarette. From first-hand accounts, I often meet other individuals who have stopped the habit of smoking cigarettes by switching to electronic cigarettes for either a short-term or for a long-term. 

Friedman, H.S., & Schustack, M.W., (2011). Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research (5th ed.). Allyn & Bacon.

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