Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day (cleanskies) wrote,
Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day
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This week found me thinking (as the term's reading started - I'm on a book about cyberbullying at the moment) and as I went to visit/wok with/help out various people with complicated lives (multiple children, responsibilities, complexities) about how important behaviour modification is in life. So that's what I'm putting in as the Friday poll -- what do you think? Is better living through habit (or habitat) modification a possibility? Or does it trigger the stress of resistance. Where is the true value coming from? Is it the actions you take, or the proof that you can boss someone around effectively - even if it's just yourself? Without further ado, to the poll. Argue with the questions and share the stories that are too long for the boxes in the comments below. I've kept the theory and philosophy out of the poll (mostly) but feel free to cut loose on all that stuff below. Enjoy!

Poll #1980985 Lazy neurological hacks

Do you attempt to modify your behaviour using techniques, behaviour, equipment or other tools?

No, and I don't think it works
0(0.0%)
No, and I think it's ethically dubious
0(0.0%)
No, but I have in the past/will in the future
0(0.0%)
Maybe, but not in a structured way
2(15.4%)
I think it's just a relabelling of normal behaviour
5(38.5%)
Yes, but work and annoying and aaargh
1(7.7%)
Yes, and it makes stuff better
4(30.8%)
I am hacking my neuros as I answer
1(7.7%)

Things that I do to myself:

Sticker charts and reward schemes
2(6.2%)
Mindfulness, meditation, time out, reflection
5(15.6%)
Food and drink nudges (small plates, portion control etc.)
7(21.9%)
Reminders for things other than appointments (e.g.
7(21.9%)
Nagging apps, lists and notes to self
8(25.0%)
Other things which I will say below
2(6.2%)
I would never manipulate myself I have too much respect for myself
1(3.1%)

This smart new habit has totally revolutionised my life!

Things I do with other people (staff, children, pupils, partners, parents)

Make changes to their environment to change their behaviour
1(9.1%)
Use check-lists, forms, and written instructions
2(18.2%)
Use an informal reward system like stickers or stars
2(18.2%)
Use a formal reward systems like bonuses or awards
1(9.1%)
Use distraction or diversion
3(27.3%)
Use threats or ultimatums
1(9.1%)
Other things which I will say below
1(9.1%)
I would never manipulate others I have too much respect for them
0(0.0%)

This crazy trick helps you CHANGE how other people behave - guaranteed!

I use other things to regulate or improve my behaviour, such as

Manipulating my appearance and self presentation to boost confidence etc.
7(18.4%)
Using food or drink to boost alertness, promote relaxation, reduce irritation
9(23.7%)
Using drugs to regulate or improve my emotions/effectiveness
2(5.3%)
Using exercise/physical activity to bleed off or boost energy levels, improve wellbeing, etc.
9(23.7%)
Kittens! (or other pets)
7(18.4%)
Guilt / internalised nagging
4(10.5%)
Another thing I will say below
0(0.0%)

Behaviour modification is:

Brilliant! Sign me up for a Skinner box and bring me all the drugs on the internet
1(3.6%)
Sometimes helpful, but not the answer to all things
7(25.0%)
Irrelevant. Fundamentally people do what they want and post-rationalise.
3(10.7%)
Risky! There's lots of very bad woo to avoid in this area
1(3.6%)
Best avoided, unless a professional is involved
1(3.6%)
Best avoided, especially if there's a professional involved
3(10.7%)
A constant struggle against an impossible mountain of ungovernable urges
2(7.1%)
STICKERS!!!!!!!!!!
1(3.6%)
Unacceptable! Kick back against the man/woman/teacher/cat/computer that is trying it on you
0(0.0%)
The backbone of civilized society
1(3.6%)
The elephant in the room
0(0.0%)
The room in the elephant
3(10.7%)
To be embraced not feared
3(10.7%)
Unnecessary in the future
0(0.0%)
The future
2(7.1%)

The most extraordinary/daft/strange attempt at behaviour modification ever tried on me is:

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