How To Deal With Different Types Of Bad Habits
Bad habits are part of every individual’s life. Nobody can say with full conviction that he or she does not have any bad habit. Although, it is a fact that bad habits do not make a man or a woman devil or witch, but definitely, bad habits are stains to a person’s personality.
Even, most amusing is an instance when a man is identified as ‘one who bites his nails a lot’ or a woman who is pointed out as ‘the lady who repeats every word she says?’
Bad habits can be categorized under various groups depending on the nature. Let us try to understand these groups or categories by analyzing the features of each type.
Destructive bad habits
There are certain bad habits that bring about destructions. This destruction can be targeted towards ownself or towards the others. For instance, if a man has a habit of drinking excessively, then he is bringing about the deterioration of his own health.
On the other hand, a woman who has a bad habit of throwing off things while angry, not considering what is she throwing, is that going to affect others, did anybody get hurt by the act, can be categorized under destructive bad habit that brings about harm to others.
Non destructive bad habits
Some of the bad habits are also there among men and women that do not bring about any destruction to anybody but, definitely, stains the individual’s personality and make him or her either unpopular, a medium of mockery or an object of irritation for others is identified as non destructive bad habit.
Voluntary bad habit
The bad habits that people adhere to, being in full sense are voluntary bad habits. The person possessing this category of bad habits remains oblivious to the damages it brings about. An instance of this type of bad habit is when a man remains glued to the television or watches pornography knowing that his wife does not approve of it at all.
Involuntary bad habit
There are certain types of bad habits that people commit when they are not in their usual senses are termed as involuntary bad habits. He or she commits these bad habits either in half conscious or semi conscious mind. It is often associated with a later feeling of frustration, guilt and embarrassment.
For example, a man who snores a lot and disturbs his wife while sleeping is an involuntary bad habit that will make him guilty and sorry when he wakes up. Likewise, a grown up child who has a bad habit of bed wetting during sleep will wake up the next morning feeling shy and embarrassed at the deeds.
After the broad categorization of bad habits, some of the delicate subcategories will further help in a clear understanding of bad habits.
A bad habit of continuing something for a prolonged period or in an unrestricted way is identified as addiction. An individual can be addicted to smoking, or alcoholism, or to narcotic drugs or even gambling. He or she will continue to do it repeatedly, in spite of manifold harms that it might be bringing to his or her life.
There are certain bad habits that are connected with body gesticulations. This is almost involuntary in the person possessing such a bad habit and makes him either a source of ridicule or embarrassment in public. An example of such a habit can be a man’s bad habit of flipping out his tongue while he talks, or the typical habit of shaking one of his shoulders at frequent intervals or winking after every few seconds.
How to cope up
There are various ways to cope up with bad habits. Some of these points can help you to get out of the bad habits.
This method is applicable for all other categories of bad habit except the ‘involuntary bad habit’ which you remain totally unaware off when you are in full senses. Try to think about the bad affects that your bad habit can land you in. Also consider that your bad habit is something that pains your family. So, think of ways to check it.
Strengthen your self control
Most of the time, bad habits become uncontrollable. You cannot control their limits and they keep on increasing. But, the truth is if you have the will power, everything is easy for you. This basic determination, the will power is the essential attribute that secludes us from animals.
Whenever you feel the urge for the bad habit, be mentally firm not to give in. In the initial days this is going to be real tough. But, after some times, you will learn how to control yourself effectively.
Take your friends’ cooperation
No matter whatever your bad habits are, if you really have the will to abandon them and is willing to work towards it, seek help of those of your friends who are your well wisher as ton how can you get rod of the bad habit. This way you can cure your involuntary bad habit as well.
Listen to people around you and value them
There are people around you who have experienced that you possess a bad habit, involuntary or voluntary, whatever. Never put their information down. Talk with them clearly and try to find out the demerit it can bring. In case if the bad habit is of an involuntary type, instead of bypassing the subject, try to find out a logical cure to the problem.
Attend professional counseling
There are situations when bad habits get over you. No matter how hard you struggle, but when the time comes, you crave for it. This is typically seen in case of addictions. Moreover, in case of certain involuntary bad habits, too, you cannot do much to sort them out.
In such circumstances, the best solution is to seek a professional guidance and cue it from the roots. A psychologist will help you to get to the roots of the bad habit and the psychological factors assisting it. Then he will work out on those aspects effectively.
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