31 Jul '11, 12am

Brilliant Ways to Create Positive Change

Brilliant Ways to Create Positive Change

By Chip and Dan Heath, Experience Life Many of us have acted in ways we wish to change, or have created habits that don’t align with our future goals. You’ve likely experienced this if you’ve ever slept in, overeaten, dialed up your ex at midnight, procrastinated, tried to quit smoking and failed , skipped the gym, gotten angry and said something you regretted, abandoned your Spanish or piano lessons, refused to speak up in a meeting because you were scared, and so on. These are all situations in which our emotional side overpowers our rational side — the Elephant overpowers the Rider. It is helpful to think about how we can affect positive change through a metaphor used by University of Virginia psychologist Jonathan Haidt in his book The Happiness Hypothesis (Basic Books, 2006). He argues that our emotional side is an Elephant and our rational side is its Rider. Perched ...

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