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Self-Imposed Strategies

In addition to creating or altering cues in our world to influence our own behavior, we can directly exercise control over ourselves. The cement that lays the foundation for this self-imposed control is the information we possess about ourselves—our self-awareness. By observing our own behavior and its causes (for example, why we behave in desirable or undesirable ways) we are provided with the necessary information to manage ourselves effectively. Thus, the first self-imposed strategy is self-observation.

Self-Observation

“That is the third time I've lost my temper and criticized someone today, and I've done it several other times this week. I wonder what's wrong and why I'm behaving like such an ogre?”


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