Every person possesses some type of habit, whether we realize it or not. A habit is a repetitive way of thinking, doing, or acting that is acquired from a previous experience. Most habits are done unconsciously and can be anything from shopping, drinking, and licking your lips, to telling lies, crying, and brushing your teeth. Though habits seem to be embedded in us, it is possible for us to do away with them. This paper will dissect my habit of smoking tobacco. I will discuss how I developed this habit and why I continue to pursue it. Also presented, will be different theories as to why I have this habit and what I can do to change it.
Behavioral and Social/Cognitive Approaches to Forming Habits
One of the habits that I have developed is smoking cigarettes. My curiosity began when I was fifteen years old. I snuck into the bathroom with one of my dad’s Marlboros and his lighter and attempted to smoke the cigarette. I was unable to do it, so I got rid of the evidence by flushing it down the toilet. I later on started smoking Black & Milds, cigars, in high school. After joining the military, at the age of seventeen, I switched from cigars to cigarettes. I was then smoking Camel Menthols and dipping Snus pouches.
A few role models that influenced this behavior were my dad, my dad’s girlfriends, and my grandfather. I would see them smoking and it seemed to be acceptable, though I did not know at the time the consequences of the habit. I also knew that my mother and grandmother once smoked, but they decided to quit. I was told by both of them to not indulge because it was a terrible habit to break. I understand that completely now. All of these role models have developed some kind of health problem fro...
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...incorporated in changing my smoking habit. For example, if someone took my cigarette or smashed my pack ever time I went to smoke, sooner or later I would probably give up smoking because of the cost. Or, if someone gave me a dollar every time I gave him or her the cigarette instead of smoking it, I would eventually loose the craving I have for him or her and quit.
In conclusion, it is clear that one of my habits is smoking. There are theories that help uncover why I have this habit and why I continue to do it. I have tried to quit my usage of tobacco, as well as the people around me. The habit of smoking is so difficult to break, but we are able to use Operant Conditioning to find ways to control it. Overall, every person has a habit that they do unconsciously, and it will take time to cover all aspects of the habit in order to see how it ties to out personality.
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