Paragraph Completion- The Habitual Mind

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Paragraph Completion - The Habitual Mind

While your intentional mind is thoughtful, it's easily waylaid by deep-seated habits. If you're trying to lose weight, for example, standard interventions like weight loss programs will leave your intentional mind feeling motivated, but they won't feed your habitual mind. To accomplish that, you must first derail existing habits and create a window of opportunity to act on new intentions.

  1. So, the next time you want to watch your favourite movie or TV show on Netflix, make yourself watch it on the treadmill instead.
  2. Studies have shown that maintaining a food diary—a record of everything you eat and drink – is one of the best ways to start.
  3. Doing squats and calf raises while brushing your teeth, for example, will reward you with the double confidence of a shinier smile and improved fitness.
  4. So, get rid of unhealthy cues by moving junk food out of your pantry, and put fresh fruit out where it's easy to see.
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    • Correct Answer
      Choice D

    Detailed Solution

    The paragraph argues that you need to feed not just your “intentional mind” but also your “habitual mind” if you want to accomplish something new, such as weight loss.

    Option (d) completes the given paragraph best, as it continues the line of thought in the penultimate line of the paragraph. It gives an example to show how you can derail existing habits— by removing unhealthy cues, moving junk food out of the pantry—while also creating a window of opportunity to act on your new intentions—by putting fresh fruit out where it’s easy to see.

    Options (a) and (c) give examples of how you can piggyback on an existing habit to act on your new intentions. This is a new idea, and does not match what is said in the penultimate line.

    Option (b) is unrelated to the paragraph.

    Correct Answer: Choice (D)



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