A simple way to break a bad habit | Judson Brewer

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


To cognitively is to think about something in a logical way. When you cognitively think about a problem, you try to figure out all of the possible solutions.

  • He cognitively thought about the problem for hours before he came up with a solution.
  • The students were asked to cognitively think about the problem before they came up with a solution.

To be disenchanted is to be unhappy or disappointed with something. When you're disenchanted with a job, you might not enjoy your time there or you might not feel like you're making a lot of progress.

  • The employee was disenchanted with the job and the company's policies.
  • She was disenchanted with the new house and the long commute.

The prefrontal cortex is located in the front of the brain. It is responsible for a lot of your cognitive abilities, such as decision making, planning, and problem solving.

  • The prefrontal cortex is responsible for the decision to fire the employee.
  • The prefrontal cortex is responsible for the plan to rob the bank.

To disenchant someone is to disillusion them, to cause them to lose their faith in something. Disenchantment can happen when you learn new information that contradicts what you believe.

  • The young girl was disenchanted with the world after she learned about the war.
  • The philosopher was disenchanted with the idea of democracy after he saw how it was working in practice.

Clobbered is to hit someone very hard and often. When someone is clobbered, they often have bruises or other injuries.

  • He was clobbered by the other fighter, and he lost the match.
  • She was clobbered by the door, and she fell down.

When something is quiet, it is not as loud or active as it usually is. Sometimes when something is quiet, it is because it is not being heard or because it is being hidden.

  • The room was quiet because everyone was asleep.
  • The noise from the street was too loud to hear anything else.

Compulsively means that you do something without being able to stop yourself. You might compulsively eat junk food or compulsively gamble.

  • He is compulsively eating junk food because he's nervous.
  • She compulsively gambles because she loves the thrill of the game.