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Resistance to Change

Millions of years of evolution and your own genes and experiences have programmed your body and mind to resist change. Your body has mechanisms to resist changes in temperature, blood pressure, chemical balances, and many other factors. In fact, your body codes most changes as “threats,” and it automatically resists them

Behavioral and psychological defenses are not as clearly defined and automatic, but they are extremely powerful. You, I, and everyone else have developed habits that help us to survive. We feel, “safe in our routines…. Our way is believed to be ‘inherently right,’ even when we know it is not.”1 Breaking these routines is extremely difficult because it feels so uncomfortable.

Poker writers generally assume (often without thinking about it) that people are rational, which we define as striving to maximize long-term profits. We tell people how to increase those profits and assume that they will follow our advice. But you and everyone else reduce long-term profits by making–EV plays. More importantly, thousands of psychological studies prove why everyone does it. Short-term rewards and punishments—even trivial ones—have much greater impact than larger, but delayed, rewards and punishments.

For example, despite an enormous amount of information and social pressure, most American adults are overweight. The immediate pleasure and pain of eating and exercising have much greater effects than heart attacks, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity’s other life-threatening, long-term effects. Millions of people smoke, including many doctors, despite knowing that they’re killing themselves. Since people shorten their lives and damage their health for extremely small short-term pleasures, don’t make the silly assumption that they’re more rational about their poker chips.



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