Oh, Behave! – Introduction...

You might feel in charge of your own behavior, but you are not. At least not in the way you think you are. Many principles, mechanisms and reasons determine how and why you act like you do without you even noticing them. I want to have a look at the possibility to improve yourself by getting to know these mechanisms and use them for your own good. Social psychology is all about the way people react. How they react to others, to the environment, the system, or the situation. The field of behavioral change is about influencing this reaction. Social psychology uses the fact that eight out of ten people will react the same way. When reading about social psychology, one usually finds information about how to change the behavior of others through changing the situation. I want to use the instrument of changing the situation in order to change my own behavior, and not to try to change someone else. If you want to learn how to influence yourself, this blog might be a good start. What?! You might think now, social psychology sounds like manipulating! I can understand that position. But then please think again, because we are influenced (or manipulated) all of the time. No matter what, there always is a situation. And you will always have to deal with that situation. People, organizations, governments, and brands they all want things from you and they try to get you to do it. I think there are at least two things important, which I will illustrate in my blogs. Firstly, the choices we made in the past are very important for the choices we will make now and in the future. Much more important than most people...