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Habit

An acquired pattern of behaviour that often occurs automatically; a tendency or disposition to act in a particular way. Habit is one of the negative factors or barrierss to creativity. As William James (1899) put it:

The force of habit, the grip of convention, hold us down on the Trivial Plane; we are unaware of our bondage because the bonds are invisible, their restraints acting below the level of awareness. They are the collective standards of value, codes of behavior, matrices with built-in axioms which determine the rules of the game, and make most of us run, most of the time, in the grooves of habit - reducing us to the status of skilled automata which Behaviourism proclaims to be the only condition of man.

Habit. Dictionary of Creativity: Terms, Concepts, Theories & Findings in Creativity Research / Compiled and edited by Eugene Gorny. Netslova.ru, 2007.
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