Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Theories of Behavior Change

I'm able to write posts on the train to work now, which means you can expect a post twice a week: on Tuesdays and on Fridays.

This past year has included a lot of changes. One of these was giving up our car after it broke in august.
One of the reasons we were able to make this change was Eugene was just starting out as a freelancer and so no longer needed to commute to work. We live within walking distance of Eugene's family and can borrow their car, or a Zipcar, in a crunch.

In public health one of the most powerful theories around behavior change regards self-efficacy: we follow through with what we think we think we can handle. Albeit somewhat cynical, it's hugely effective in gauging what change can work and when.

We certainly won't be without a car forever, but it's one change of 2009 that I'm really excited about.

To come: Some developments after our trip to South Africa!

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