Alternative rewards means that when you are not willing to do something, find something you like to do and tell yourself that two things can be done at the same time, that is, do something you like to do. Reward for things that you are not willing to do.
American economist Dan Ereli has shared a story about his own self-control. He had developed hepatitis C in the early years because he had lost unhealthy blood. The disease was still incurable at the time. Fortunately, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was conducting a clinical trial to test a drug that could treat this type of hepatitis, but it required the subject to inject three times a week for a year and a half. It is the body's nausea, vomiting, and chilling for up to 16 hours.
This is a huge challenge for Dan, who is currently studying for a doctoral degree. However, for the cirrhosis and even liver cancer that may occur in the future without treatment, Dan feels that it is necessary to persist. Because Dan likes to watch movies very much, but because he is too busy during the blog, he has almost no time to watch every day.
So when he is going to inject drugs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, he will go to the store to rent a CD in advance and bring a trash can and a blanket. Although Dan is very reluctant to inject drugs, he regards these three days of the week as a day to enjoy movies, so he finally insisted on a full year and a half.
The principle of the alternative reward is to let us adapt and change the environment, let us do the right thing for the "wrong" reason.
Friends who like Roman mythology know the story of Ulysses and the Kraken. Every time Ulysses went out to sea, once he met the Kraken, he knew that he would be confused by the shackles and overturned. So he always asked the crew to tie himself to the mast and stuff his ears with the dough.
We all know that there are certain temptations in the process of achieving our goals, so we must do something to keep ourselves from being tempted.
xxThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) did an experiment in which the experimenter pigeons and mice were placed in a cage with a green and purple button in front of the cage and taught that they could immediately get a plate of food in green and press blue. Will wait 10 seconds, but can get 10 dishes. During the experiment, most of the pigeons and mice pressed the green button, sometimes they twisted in blue, but after 10 seconds, they immediately pressed the green twist.
The experimenter slightly changed the experimental device to re-experiment. This time, the pigeons and the mouse will press the blue button, but after 10 seconds have not arrived, they will immediately press the red button. It turns out that the red button can disable the green button.
The inspiration for this experiment is that if we face temptation and have nothing to stop ourselves, then we are likely to keep pressing green. So we must create a red button for ourselves.
Sometimes we often prescribe ourselves to get up early in order to have a struggle. For example, at 6 o'clock in the morning, get up, run, read, recite, and so on. But when the alarm rings, when we press it, it wakes up to lunch time.
Some foreign teams have designed an alarm clock that can be connected to the Internet, and it associates the user's bank card with the account of a person that the user hates. Once the alarm sounds in the morning, you press it and the alarm will automatically Transfer money to another account, and as the number of presses increases, the number of transfers will increase. It is said that after the listing of this alarm clock, many lazy cancer patients with early onset difficulties have been completely cured.
I have to admire the imagination of foreigners. In fact, the alarm is a contract we signed with time to control our early rise. Once we default, the one-off transfer is a punishment for us.
In modern society, the temptation in our lives is incredible. Social, gaming, entertainment, and just taking one out can distract us all day.