Summary of A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit

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It’s not easy to break a bad habit. Mindful awareness is an effective way to squash those cravings.


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Obesity and smoking rank high among the world’s leading causes of disease and mortality. Unfortunately, if you’ve ever tried to quit smoking or overeating you know how hard these habits are to break. Psychiatrist and addiction expert Judson Brewer describes an alternative quitting process that has proven quite effective: mindful awareness techniques. Many view mindfulness as New Age mumbo jumbo, but Brewer demystifies the process. getAbstract recommends his elucidating talk to cognitive scientists, addiction therapists and anyone struggling to shed a bad habit.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What cognitive processes trigger bad habits,
  • How mindful awareness techniques can offset negative behaviors and
  • How you can use these techniques to break a bad habit.


Human beings learn through positive and negative reinforcement via a pattern of “trigger, behavior, reward.” For example, you eat to survive and your brain learns to associate delicious food...
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About the Speaker

Judson Brewer founded Claritas MindSciences, which developed the Eat Right Now and Craving to Quit apps.

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