Alan Gordon posted this recently on TMSWiki.org: “I recently read the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. It's a great book, and Howard Schubiner and I have been talking about how to apply some of the concepts to TMS treatment.” Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize winning science writer for the New York Times and his book is about the science of habit formation among individuals, companies, and societies. Duhigg explains the book and how to break harmful habits in this video: Duhigg says every habit has three components: Cue: an automatic trigger for a behavior to start. Routine: the behavior itself. Reward: It helps your brain to remember that habit pattern for the future. Duhigg says that a bad habit can be changed by mindfulness -- living in the present -- and deciding what reward we will give ourselves. Gordon says Duhigg’s concepts regarding habits can be applied to TMS treatment regarding how and when we can become free of TMS pain. Gordon says, “Outcome independence is usually effective in significantly reducing or eliminating symptoms, but it's really hard to achieve. I think some of the tenets from this book could most effectively be applied to this section. “Most TMS sufferers automatically go to a place of fear when their symptoms come on, and it's this fear that serves to perpetuate the symptoms. It's a difficult pattern to break. “By creating a new routine, it's possible to replace this seemingly instinctive response with another: telling yourself you're safe, reminding yourself that the purpose of the pain is to try and scare you and you're on to it, or some similarly themed response can become the new automatic response to the onset of symptoms. We respond with fear out of habit, but habits can be changed. “I definitely recommend this book if you're interested in trying to more effectively replace the fear response to TMS pain. It will take some discipline and plenty of repetition, but it will eventually happen if you keep at it.” I found the video and Gordon’s comments to be educational and helpful in TMS healing especially when Duhigg talks about willpower. To me that is another way of saying we can heal from TMS pain if we make up our mind that TMS is causing the pain and that it is not structural, and that if we are determined to heal, we will take on the challenging mental and physical techniques that are suggested in Dr. Sarno’s and Steve Ozanich’s books and in the forums found in the TMSWiki.org.