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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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Video: The False Choice Loophole. One of My Personal Favorites.

June 26th, 2015

Episode 82 of 397 episodes

In my new (bestselling) book, Better Than Before, I identify the twenty-one strategies of habit-formation, and one is the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting. I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the ten categories of loopholes. I love studying loopholes, because they’re so funny. And ingenious! We’re such great advocates for ourselves — in any situation, we can always think of some loophole to invoke. Well, what is a “loophole?” When we try to form and keep habits, we often search for loopholes, for justifications that will excuse us from keeping this particular habit in this particular situation. However, if we catch ourselves in the act of loophole-seeking, we can perhaps reject them. In Better Than Before, I describe all ten categories of loopholes; in this video series. I’ll describe them, one by one. Third of ten loopholes: the False Choice Loophole. I have to admit, this is my personal favorite. If I join that group, I won’t have any time with my daughters. I haven’t been exercising. Too busy writing. I don’t have time to work on my draft, I’ve got too many emails to answer.

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