Habituation; the rhythm that we dance to
Updated: Nov 1, 2021
Most of us have a daily routine which we repeat unwaveringly, completing tasks we have completed a hundred time before, it's regularity depending on the reliability of our habits. We do these tasks automatically without thinking and they bring familiarity to our world. These routines carve out and cement our identities and are referred to as habituation. Our semi-autonomous routines are cyclical; repeated in known sequences and supported by the rhythms of nature (day/night, the seasons), complemented by social convention (working hours, work days, days set aside for leisure and worship) and affected by our biology and physiology. Biologically our circadian rhythms shape our sleep and wake cycles, while physiology determines our levels of fatigue after exertion and concentration demands certain temporal rhythms of activity and rest. Furthermore, our habituated behaviours are impacted by our capabilities and performance capacities, how we interact with our familiar physical and social environments and how this enables or constrains our participation.