Temple talks | The Science of Changing Habits

Do you control your habits? Or do your habits control you?

A 2016 study found that 80% of New Years Resolutions fail by the second week in February.

Whether we want to give up smoking, start exercising, or commit to a new behavior, often we find our best efforts fall to the wayside, and after a few weeks we’re right back where we started.

Could it be that we’re all just lazy and irresponsible? Or might it be that most of us don’t understand how our brains really work and the actual science of changing habits?

In this temple talk, Shahroo Izadi, a Behavior Change Specialist from the Amy Winehouse Foundation, shares what she has learned from her extensive experience working in the field of addiction therapy, to show how you can use evidence based techniques to make habit changes that actually last.

Bring a pen and paper, because in this talk Shahroo will:

  • Share a simple science-based framework used in addiction treatment to get control of your habits
  • Guide you through the first stages of making changes (without willpower)
  • Show you how to make the changes last and sustain motivation

This isn’t your typical self-help motivational seminar.

It’s an evidence based approach, proven in the field of addiction treatment, to making changes that last and putting you back in the driver’s seat of your life.

You create your habits, and then your habits create you.

If you want to live an extraordinary life, the most important thing you can do, is learn how to control your habits. In this talk, Shahroo will help you do just that.

  • Doors will open 7pm, with the talk beginning at 8pm – giving you a chance to grab a drink and connect with like-minded people before the talk.
  • Venue: Boondocks London, 205 City Rd, London EC1V 1JT
  • Tickets: http://bit.ly/2rccvvM


Shahroo Izadi is a Behavioural Change Specialist with extensive experience of helping people manage unwanted habits. Having worked in various capacities across substance misuse treatment, she is now dedicated to sharing the evidence-based techniques used in addiction treatment with those who want to learn how to change a range of day-to-day behaviours – on their own terms.

She is passionate about showing the general population what those in longterm recovery from addictions can teach us about resilience, self-awareness and motivation.

As well as running a private practice, Shahroo is a consultant with leading health and social care company Emerging Horizons and provides relapse management services for The Amy Winehouse Foundation. She was invited to discuss womens’ relationship with alcohol at Southbank Centre’s 2017 Women of the World Festival, and her work has most recently drawn attention from BBC Radio 1, Red Magazine, Psychologies Magazine, The Telegraph and The Pool.

2017-08-10T06:59:38+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Lecture Days|

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