Smart People, Bad Choices
Ex-spouses Jennifer and Phil have been at war since their divorce five years ago, and their children are caught on the battleground. Dr. Phil doesn’t mince words when he tells them the mistakes they’re making. Plus, learn the five keys to breaking any bad habit!
Smart Thinking and Breaking Bad Habits
Dr. Markman explains that Rachel first needs to become aware of when she picks her nails. He recommends she create a habit diary where she logs every time she catches herself doing it. “Write it down: What time was it? Where were you? How were you feeling? What were you doing? What were you thinking? And do that for a couple of weeks and keep track of what’s going on,” he says.
He explains that habits are part of your memory, and she should try to replace her habit with something else that involves her hands: crocheting, knitting or putting together a puzzle. “Replace the behavior you don’t want with something that’s more productive,” he says.
“We don’t really break habits; you replace one behavior with a new one, hopefully more constructive,” Dr. Phil says.
Learn more of Dr. Markman’s tips for how to break a bad habit!
Members of Dr. Phil’s studio audience receive a copy of Dr. Markman’s book, Smart Thinking: The Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done.