Superego on Steroids: Standing Up to New Year's Resolutions

December 22, 2014 7:58 PM

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After the holidays are over, we are not quite ready to stop and take a breath, as there is one more item on most people's to-do lists: making New Year's resolutions. Familiar with the usual list of self-improvement goals such as losing weight and exercising more, we are compelled to make resolutions knowing that few people stick to them and most give them up in the first week.

The problem with resolutions is that they zero in on an area of personal weakness, a source of inner conflict, and demand that we change virtually overnight. Most people already suffer from a too-harsh inner critic, that annoying voice inside our heads reminding us of our faults, that inner scold th...

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