behavioral analysis or chain analysis
If you’re already slipping on your New Year’s resolutions, don’t give up. “Chain analysis” can help you identify what’s going wrong, writes psychologist Jenny Taitz.
The process involves five steps:
look at your vulnerabilities—whatever might have made you more susceptible to slipping that day, such as poor sleep, a pressing deadline, struggling with your mood, or loneliness.
pinpoint the prompting event, the exact tipping point where the likelihood of slipping went from possible to probable.
identify the thoughts, feelings and habits that followed from the event and led to the
the target behavior you want to change.
Fifth and finally,
take a look at the consequences of your behavior, both positive and negative, immediately and in the longer term.