Over on the Psyblog, an (ambitiously named:) article entitled How to Banish Bad Habits and Control Temptations illuminates the distinction between self-control/denial and Christianity.“Top of the list for unwanted activities,” relates the article, “were excess sleeping, eating and procrastination (no big surprises there in a sample of students). The top strategies to combat these were:Vigilant monitoring: watching out for slip-ups and saying “Don’t do it!” to yourself. Distraction: trying to think about something else. Stimulus control: removing the opportunity to perform the habit, say by leaving the bar, fast-food restaurant or electronics store.For strong habits it was the vigilant monitoring…

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