Following Yourself in the Wrong Direction

The ‘duckling effect’ is a term often used to describe how humans follow other human behaviours.  A great example of this is a study where students undertaking a survey do not react to smoke coming into the room  from under the door. This is because some of the people taking part in the experiment were planted to act as if nothing was wrong and the others followed suit.

The article then takes this idea further and looks at the fact that we apply this ‘following’ tendency to ourselves; we actually tend to observe and follow our own behaviour too. This is called ‘self-herding’ and can have a big impact on our lives. The author challenges you to break free from your past self and ‘self-herding’ and take yourself off in a new direction.


Ian Tomlinson

I am the Director of the Affinity Centre and provide therapy and counselling in Wilmslow for straight and gay individuals and couples. My intention is to support you in making the changes you want in your life so you can feel happier, more contented and at peace in the world.

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