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Neuroscience can help you live a healthier life
- By Srini Pillay, MD, Contributor
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Thank you, Dr. Pillay! I think this is the perfect thing I needed to read, just to find out why do I know what I have to do, but I never do. Now I understand what is happenning to me and now I am able to work with my problem: I need to excersise, I pay all the fees at the gym and I never go!! ?
Thank you again.
Really glad this helps Auri.
One step at a time and you’ll get there.
Thank you Dr. Pillay for this wonderful article. One step at a time and health goes first.
Thanks Sandra. Yes—and you can tinker around with the changes you want until they make sense to you too. I’m a big believer in tinkering until goals suit you.
This article based on neuroscience helps me to clarify some of the difficult interplay of forces within the individual struggling with a moral decision. I work on the topic of Augustine’s act of therapy, described in the Confessions (book 8) still so valid in our human experience today. In that regard, I also find Dr Pillay’s observations quite useful for integration into various forms of spiritual discernment and counseling.
This information is extremely useful — I have several large goals at this time in my life, and I find that I always make the best progress when I “chunk” them into smaller, more manageable pieces. Setting those specific accountability goals, such as completing a small task by a set date, is the most helpful action I can take.
Thank you, Dr. Pillay, for this clear and concise article.
Thanks Diane. Really glad that this confirms your experience. One more thing to add then—when you set a goal, and then break it down, it helps to not have a second one in the wings in case the first fails. Rather, designing a second one subsequently may help. Plan B’s interfere with self-control. Here’s the research: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25563570
Hope that adds to your tool kit.
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