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There is not a specific amount of time to make or break habits. Here is a helpful link: http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/form-a-habit1.htm

I have found it is helpful to snap my wrist with a rubber band, when I catch myself doing a bad habit. This is known as operant conditioning.

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Princess_Dread_Pirate_Jackie-san!!!
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Hi ducky guss! How's it going on this fine September day? Oh we oh! Tell me you remember! Oh we oh! Dancin' in September!
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No? But I am a tiny little bit older than you lol, hows the pricess today?
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You arent talking about the earth wind and fire song are you?
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Actually, its called positive punishment from an operant conditioning stand point
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Yes, yes I was guss :D

And just because I didn't elaborate on the kind of operant conditioning, that doesn't mean I was wrong.
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great answer
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I think im too young to remember that song jackie.
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Yet you knew what band it was from the lyrics.... ;)
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Oh crap.....uh ummmm I think my great, great, great grand parents told me......
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Ooooh. That makes sense! I guess I'm just getting old :(
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Hey How r u....? i have a one question tell me some people are not follow the tarific roles so give me answer....???
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I didnt see any question on your profile.
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developing a habit takes 30 days, so maybe 30 days to un-develop one too

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Find a healthier habit to replace it.

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That is right. Replace the old habit with a healthy habit. Be strong minded and give it some thought. Make your environment clear of all things that remind you of the old habit. Add some healthy activities to fill your time and distract you from temptation. Pray and trust the Lord to take the bad habit.
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Don't do it

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it's all mind over matter. just keep thinking how good it will be not having the bad habit. It's all in your mind.

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Usually it is just mind over matter. Now, sometimes habbits are another form of tic disorder. Tic Disorder causes compulsions to use certain motor functions. Such as, stretch out a finger, single blink, straighten an arm, pick your nose. These are all volentary but it causes extreme discomfort to not do them. Considering 25% of america has tic disorder, its not really a bad thing. In this case you basically have to find a healthier habbit.

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Depends on which bad habbit we are talking about.

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Habits are evil creatures that live inside of you first you must draw them out deprive them of their happiness then when they go crazy and escape from your body you take out the butcher knife and stab them viciously screaming "FOR NARNIA" then lay down try not to cry cry a lot

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by slowlllyy
backing away from it.

say if its gambling.
if you feel the need to buy every ticket because you developed that what if feeling.
look at the probability of you winning.
now just play the ones that you have a chance to win but reduce the ticket amounts each time or never by more.

it takes time
but just think about what you do have now
before u risk losing it all because you want more

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Depends on your what your habit is, but eventually you'll gain another bad habit once you get rid of the one you have now.

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To find a friend to help you overcome the bad habit of supervision

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well it all depends on what your habit is...if its biting you nails put hot sauce on them....if its something you know you cant do in public then make sure your always in front of somebody

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That depends. You can consult to a Psychiatrist or you can also talk to your family or friends.

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You must become aware of your habits. What is this habit exactly? How is this bad habit or group of bad habits affecting you? How is this habit affecting others? For example, smoking often has negative effects on others as well as on you.

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First, recognise you have something you want to change. Then record the number of times you exhibit the behavior everyday for a week. Continue to keep track as you focus on reducing the number of occurences until after a period of time you can eliminate it from your life. I have found that this works very well with habits such as smoking. And, I was able to eliminate a tell-tale accent that I had as a result of growing up in a rural area where everyone spoke the same way. Good luck!!!

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thnx
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It depend on the habit you want to break. The best way is to gradually lessen your habit and to keep yourself busy with other stuff until eventually you break your habit

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They are extremely hard to do as you have to be conscience of it 24 / 7 so you can stop

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Where I live there is something called Stoptober. This is mainly for smokers, however, it can also be good for other bad habits. All you need to do is try and not do your bad habit (maybe by replacing it) for the month and you would stop your bad habit completely. (Hopefully) :)

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Just make it happen... Simple as it may seem...

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you don't eliminate bad habit replace it

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instead of doing the bad habit just try and do something that is 10 times more better than it...

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It takes 2 weeks to un break a habit. Just don't do that habbit for two days :)

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there are three things that help me break any type of habit. One is try to stop the habit for a week or so. Two is listen to a song that "Breaking the Habit" by Linicin Park. And three ask someone to help you do it. If this don't work then go ask someone who had a habit and ask them what to do.

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First you must know it's a bad habit. Then don't think about. If you have a habit of watching T.V more, you must understand what it leads to !! :). All these can be done if you have a habit !! ha ha

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one is that if you realize your not getting anything from it you'll stop
and another is to replace it with another less bad but equally fulfilling habit

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Actively going for sports

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Acknowledging that you have a habit you'd like to break is vital. Consider the ways that the habit alters or affects your life, and accept that you'd like to change this.

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do not do your bad habit for 21 days and it will be gone.

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Tell yourself "I will stop doing ___________" ____________= your habit. Repeat this in your head SEVERAL times, and you'll stop!

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