Stop Training Yourself Like A Dog

Stop Training Yourself Like A Dog

We’re subject to our animal instincts, but trying to fix a problem like we’re animals isn’t necessarily the right approach. While several mind hacks target our animalistic tendencies, it’s important to remember that we’re human and quite a bit different.

Photo by Isaac Marzioli (Shutterstock).

Gretchin Rubin, writing for Psychology Today, explains:

But sometimes, I think, we overlook the ways that people differ from animals. People are powerfully moved by imagination, belief, and knowledge. They can consider the past and future. They can make changes in their behaviour out of reason, in a way that animals can’t do.

While you can certainly build good habits through practice and muscle memory, you shouldn’t take that approach with everything. Don’t forget your human side when you’re trying to improve the way you live and work.

Don’t Train Yourself Like a Dog [Psychology Today]


  • Do you have any tips on how to do that?>

    It’s not a very useful article to say “this works, but don’t forget your human side”

    What does that mean?

    After all, if something works, then it works. Why reinvent the wheel? I’ve always used positive and negative conditioning with myself, my clients, my dog (of course) and my kids. All in all, it works pretty well. But I’m always keen to learn other ways.

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