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Hit peak performance with the power of habit | Wendy Wood

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A lot of the things that we do are a result of unconscious habit rather than conscious choice.

It is unclear how the conscious and unconscious selves relate to each other.

But if you want to have healthy habits, you must learn to integrate your unconscious self with your more thoughtful conscious self. For instance, people with good self-control are acting on habit.

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About Wendy Wood:
Wendy Wood is a social psychologist whose research addresses the ways that habits guide behavior – and why they are so difficult to break – as well as evolutionary accounts of gender differences in behavior. Professor Wood has been Associate Editor of Psychological Review, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Review, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and a founding member of the Society for Research Synthesis. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, and Rockefeller Foundation. Prior to joining USC, Professor Wood was James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Professor of Marketing at Duke University.

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