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Creative Nudging to Fix Bad Habits of Your Partner

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Creative Nudging to Fix Bad Habits of Your Partner

At the heavy weights section in a gym you can read the following text:

¨If you are too weak to return your weights, please contact the reception staff and the girls will be happy to assist you¨

Creative Nudging to Fix Bad Habits of Your Partner

This is way more friendly than:

NOTICE: Members please rerack your weights after use.

This is a nudge. A nudge differs from an order or a prohibition, it is a hidden behavioural suggestion to change or influence undesirable social behavior.

Those Awful Hats is a 1909 American shortcomedy film directed by D.W. Griffith and starring Mack Sennett. It takes place in a small, crowded movie theatre, where the patrons are perpetually distracted by people – primarily women – wearing large, ostentatious hats that obstruct everyone else’s views of the screen. The film ends with a title card reading:

“Ladies Will Please Remove Their Hats.”

An effective nudge will often make use of humor and flattery, or a sense of inadequacy.

Creative Nudging to Fix Bad Habits of Your PartnerCreative Nudging to Fix Bad Habits of Your Partner

¨Madam, how would you like to sit behind the hat hat you are wearing¨

This one seems harmless, but it is timeless;

¨Only older women are allowed to keep their hats on during the screening of the film¨

Perhaps you live together with a partner with a few bad qualities. Or you do work for a boss with quite a few irritating habits. Or your have a good friend with some disturbing behavioural unadaptednesses. . .

Instead of directing confronting her of him with -the standard way of to correct other people’s behaviour- you might design an irresistable nudge. For that, you need creative thinking and have to use tools of deliberate and systematic thinking.

So, take a person you like but would like some change in him or her.

Creative Nudging to Fix Bad Habits of Your Partner
  1. Write down some things that occasionally annoy you.
  2. Choose a creative thinking technique.
  3. Apply the creative thinking tool.
  4. Design the nudge.
  5. Record the result of your thinking in writing.
  6. Test the nudge.

Some suggestions for a creative thinking technique:

Or

Creative Nudging to Fix Bad Habits of Your Partner

Design Your Own Creative Thinking Techniques

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