Deconditioning: How to Create Pattern Interrupts and Learn New Behaviors

Deconditioning: How to Create Pattern Interrupts and Learn New Behaviors
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Tris Thorp

More and more people of all ages and walks of life are recognizing that they’ve adopted unhealthy behavior patterns and they’re desperately searching for a way out. A good dose of deconditioning might just be what you need to turn things around so you can start living a life of happiness, purpose, and fulfillment.

Deconditioning is a term used to describe a system for diminishing or eliminating the conditioned responses or behavior patterns that you assume over time. We all develop behaviors and strategies that we run based on our upbringing, past experiences, and what society deems appropriate. In most cases, these patterns are unconscious—meaning, you do many of them without even thinking about it. If the behavior pattern is unhealthy, this is where you start to create real problems for yourself.

Resorting to behavior patterns that are detrimental can lead to poor health, diminished self-worth, and an inability to be who you are meant to be, do the things you are destined to do, and have the things you deserve to have in your life. Continuing to run the same old behaviors can torpedo your relationships, tank your career faster than you can blink and, if you’re not paying attention, cause you to give up on yourself and your dreams.

Pattern Interrupts

A pattern interrupt, speaking in terms of a technique, comes from Neuro Linguistic Programming and is a way of changing a person’s mental, emotional, or behavioral state or strategy. Developing the skill set for creating a pattern interrupt can help you learn new behaviors that lead you powerfully forward toward living a more intentional, passion-filled life.

Have you ever gotten into an exciting new relationship and acted out in jealous ways when your partner strikes up a conversation with someone of the opposite sex? Or how about when you sabotaged your new health and fitness program by trading your daily workout for zoning out on the couch at the end of the day? Can you recall a time when a family member brought up a sensitive subject, and you shut down emotionally for the rest of the visit? These are all examples of everyday ways that you can fall into old patterns and run old behaviors that aren’t serving you. But how can you break free from the conditioned responses …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra

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