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how a forced behavior can stop you from trying other ways

This is about a story. I had this touch screen phone and the screen was broken. I was using it for about 6 months, didn’t care to change the screen. However for some ways to use the phone, I had to turn it so that I can use it horizontally. Otherwise with the broken screen, I wouldn’t be able to do what I want.

Then I got the screen fixed. However surprisingly my brain was forcing me to turn the phone horizontally to use it, even though I knew I don’t have to do it that way.  It was happening for like 2 weeks until I could use it vertically all the time.

This is a fascinating behavior. It got me thinking, how day to day behaviors can transform us to follow the same pattern, and not be able to break from that if we want to.  So always have freedom to do what you want. Else possibly you can become slave to your own behavior.

 

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By Sinaru Gunawardena

Sinaru is a software developer at work and a painter in free time. He enjoys writing tech notes on his personal website. He currently lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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