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TL;DR summary: gore and your examples thereof belong to even broader classes of stimuli that activate a number of different aversion and defense systems. To some extent, no one really knows why, and some of the most appealing answers may come from somewhat unfalsifiable theories. Building on @caseyr547's answer, disgust occurs somewhat automatically when ...


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Why do often repeated behaviors become automatic? => Because that is efficient. Human behavior is often modelled in a dual process theory: if possible, act without thinking only if necessary, carefully consider the situation at hand and think about the best reaction If you do the same thing over and over again, then obviously it is either the best ...


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Here are some excerpts from Wikipedia you might find helpful for the (somewhat too-) general question: A habit...tends to occur subconsciously.[(Butler & Hope, 1995)]...[Andrews (1903)]...defined [habits as]: "...acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience." Habitual behavior often goes unnoticed in persons exhibiting it, because a ...


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Paul McKenna would be jumping on this question had it been a self-help question :) Some of the causes/factors in habitual eating and strategies to combat habitual eating are described below. Causes and factors of habitual eating Excessive hunger may precipitate an episode of binge eating compared to average hunger levels (Haedt-Matt & Keel, 2011). ...



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