Category: Behaviour change

Homeostasis, Exercise, and COVID-19 Isolation

The Value of Exercise A recent post explored human needs during COVID-19 isolation. The success of social isolation policies will depend on minimizing long-term depreciation of mental health. In this post, I explain the benefits of developing a system of daily exercise to bolster well-being. Exercise is an under-utilised resource that is freely available to …

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The ‘COMA-B’ System for Behaviour Change: Reset of the COM-B

The COM-B System In 2011, three psychologists, Susan Michie, Maartje M van Stralen and Robert West (MSW, 2011), proposed “a ‘behaviour system’ involving three essential conditions: capability, opportunity, and motivation…This forms the hub of a ‘behaviour change wheel’ (BCW).” MSW mention two sources for the idea of the COM-B: “a US consensus meeting of behavioural …

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Changing Behaviour

The vast majority of people change their behaviour with no external help. They just do it. ‘Experts’ including psychologists offer help when needed and often advocate behaviour change techniques in their interventions. A behaviour change technique (BCT) is any systematic procedure (or a category of procedures) included as an active component of an intervention designed […]

Stopping the Obesity Crisis

The two people illustrated above, Claude Bernard and Walter B Cannon, discovered and named the phenomenon of ‘homeostasis’.  They couldn’t possibly have ever guessed this, but their ideas could ultimately help to stop the current obesity crisis. Homeostasis is a universal principle of living beings, a necessary requirement for life. Homeostasis maintains equilibrium at set-points …

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Stop Smoking Now

If you’re a smoker and want to give up the habit, then Stop Smoking Now is designed for you. The approach involves restoration of homeostasis without nicotine in the body or nicotine replacement, e-cigarettes or any other kind of crutch in the form of medication. The truth is Stop Smoking Now could not only save …

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Homeostasis, Balance, Stability

The fixity of the milieu supposes a perfection of the organism such that the external variations are at each instant compensated for and equilibrated…. All of the vital mechanisms, however varied they may be, have always one goal, to maintain the uniformity of the conditions of life in the internal environment…. The stability of the […]

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