Last month, I talked with youth in an area with extraordinarily high HIV transmission rates who told me that they know they SHOULD wear a condom, but well - they don't. Last week, I talked with a mother of a struggling student who said that she knew that she should read with her child every night, but well - she was just so tired when her daughter was ready for a book . Today, I talked with an obese woman who said she wasn't even hungry when she overate, but well - once she got started she just couldn't stop.
So many problems that affect our health and happiness, so many excuses for why people just can't commit. I love, love, love delving into these issues with people, asking endless questions and coming up with some interventions based on their responses. Behavior change is this amorphous, at-times overwhelming concept of why people do what they do despite knowing how it will negatively affect them and/or those that they love. Any behavior is game for introspection, not just health behaviors. I am especially eager to explore ways in working with teachers and parents about why students and parents struggle in forming positive study and work behaviors. Any potential co-authors out there?
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