Habits are formed in the oldest part of your brain. Actions that bring you pleasure get reinforced in the basal ganglia. The only way to break these habits is to replace your pleasurable association with a negative one. This can be done quickly and effectively with aversion therapy.
Pavlok is a behavior training device that works by utilizing aversion therapy. Aversion therapy is behavior training that uses negative stimuli and association to help reaffirm a specific action as undesirable. Many studies have shown that this method can be highly effective, even against long-term habits and chemical addictions.
Pavlok combines technology, community, and accountability to help you succeed in breaking bad habits and forming new better ones. The device provides haptic feedback through beep, vibration, and zap to make you more aware of bad habits you perform unconsciously, and help you build an aversion. Our App allows you to track progress, set custom controls, and take courses specifically designed for lasting habit transformation.
Pavlok’s six-axis gyroscope and accelerometer are able to determine when you do hand-related gestures. Trying to stop smoking? Pavlok can tell. Nail biting? Scratching? Snacking? Pavlok can identify when you do these behaviors, and help you stay aware by vibrating, beeping, or zapping.
Advanced IFTT integrations allow for unlimited digital customization. Trying to reduce wasted time online or stop wasting time on email? Pavlok’s Productivity Chrome Extension allows you to set goals and stay off time-wasting websites. Want to fulfill your writing goal every day or make sure you go to the gym? Nearly anything you can think of can be programmed and changed.
“I’ve been smoking for over 15 years, almost a pack a day, and I’ve tried over 20 times to try to stop smoking. I’ve used Chantix, I’ve used the gum, the patch, even hypnosis, nothing ever worked. I heard about Pavlok and decided why not give it a try… and I’m so happy that I did.”
“I didn’t want to shock myself so I wouldn’t eat the food in the first place. [So now…] I haven’t had any refined sugar, which is awesome…I feel like I’m back in control of my relationship with food. I feel like I have a much healthier relationship with food.”
“Honestly, [the Pavlok] along with my personal want to be like, “I’m not doing that anymore,” I haven’t pulled a single hair out in a week. Which for me is like a major deal because I can’t think of a single day that I haven’t pulled out a hair for as long as I can remember.”
“I just hit the Pavlok, which will shock me […] that will help wake me up for one and two, it creates a negative association with hitting snooze button. […] Instead of hitting the sleep more/ get fired/ waste your life button, I hit the Pavlok.”
“Pavlok is one of the most essential parts of my daily life. […] As a result of Pavlok, I’ve gone from being a […] scrub to waking up at 7:20am every single day without fail, […] and I’m on my way to elimnating my nail biting habit […] completely. So yeah, it’s powerful.”
“I’ve had a problem with biting my nails my entire life — I’ve tried everything to stop. I decided to try Pavlok — within 2 days, I’m so much more aware of myself biting my nails, and I catch myself before I do it.”
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