Switch Off the Autopilot and Fly Free!

Published on October 18, 2019

Humans are creatures of habit. Habits are either good or bad. They can be constructive or destructive, nurturing or not, of your personal growth.

Once your habits have been developed, they naturally turn autopilot. You just think, feel, or do them even without noticing or being aware of them.


Bad, unhelpful habits that have become autopilot are the ones that cause you and others to have problems. Do take note, for instance, that you may have the same automatic responses in specific situations.


I’m reminded of a fellow psychology student in the university who was annoyed with a new classmate, without realizing exactly why. He’d avoid her, snub her, or put her down in class discussions. 


People can be addicted. Addiction is by nature habit-based. 


When a certain bad habit, such as drinking, drug use, pornography, gambling, overspending, feeling insecure or rage, is entrenched psychologically, one has become caged. A slave or prisoner of his own making.


These kinds of reactions and habits are usually driven by unconscious emotional conditioning. The conditioning is often negative. It’s based on fear, a need to protect the ego from perceived or imagined threats.


When taken to extremes, these autopilot habit reactions can turn to psychopathology. Serious problems in mental health, like obsessive compulsive disorders, panic anxiety, depressive states, and even personality disorders. 


To fly free, one with these life-damaging habits needs to learn to switch off the autopilot. You do that by first noticing the bad habits and patterns. Pay attention to the way you react and catch your self in the act of reacting

Category(s):Addictions, Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Emotional Abuse

Written by:

Dr. Angelo Subida, Psychotherapist

Dr. Angelo Subida is a clinical psychotherapist, author, and speaker. He is author of books "Inner Healing," "Secrets Of Your Self," "Chess and Life," among others, blogs, and articles. He has appeared frequently as an expert on psychotherapy/life recovery issues on national television, radio broadcasts, print media, and webcasts, including GMA 7, TV 5, ABS CBN 2, Q-11, 700 Club, Radyo Veritas, Inquirer Radio, Smart Parenting Magazine, Business Mirror, among others, and has served as resident therapist/counselor for parents and kid-artists in the highly popular ABS-CBN 2 Voice Kids TV singing reality show. Dr. Subida is an eclectic, multidisciplinary therapist and originator of his own revolutionary high-tech, high-touch counseling plus model. His areas of specialization include parent-child therapy, clinical infidelity treatment, relationship/marital counseling, separation/divorce therapy, anger management, depression, addictions, psychotherapy-spirituality integration, and innovative chess therapy. For more of Dr. Subida, you can find him at www.drsubida.com.

Dr. Angelo Subida, Psychotherapist belongs to Dr. Angelo O. Subida Psychotherapy Clinic in Philippines

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