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BUSTING THE 21 DAYS HABIT FORMATION MYTH

I don’t even know when this habit belief / mindset “visited” me. Thinking about it I don’t even know why I believed that all habits can be broken, formed, rewired in just 21 days.

Busting the 21 days habit formation myth. By Ben D Gardner, on 29 June 2012

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution? If so, you may have been assured – usually by a well-meaning supporter of your attempted transformation – that you only have to stick with your resolution for 21 days for it to become an ingrained habit. The magic number 21 creeps up in many articles about forming a new habit or making a change, but little is known about the origins of the ’21 days’ claim.

Psychologists from our department have devoted extensive time and effort to find out what it takes to form ‘habits’…

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