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Brain Hacking the 7 Deadly Sins: Fighting Against Your Animal Nature

By Brian Wallace

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard of the 7 deadly sins: lust, gluttony, pride, sloth, wrath, greed, and envy.

While we don’t usually actualize all our animal impulses, many of us are prone to one vice or another.  We try to be good people and do the right thing.  What happens when you just can’t control yourself and just need to break lose? That’s a good time to try to hack your own brain.  Brain hacking, to the uninitiated, involves identifying a neural mechanism that’s adapted to do one task, and then exploiting/hijacking this mechanism to do another. And it’s easier than you think.

Let’s say you’ve got a problem with sloth, or laziness.  No matter what you seem to do, you just don’t have enough energy and you can’t get through the most rote of tasks.  Using a brain hack of chunking will help sequence your actions and simplify your routine to the point where you’ll be more active than ever.

This infographic design, courtesy of, showcases a full regimen of combatting the 7 deadly sins, complete with hacks to help our struggle to make our way in the world.  Which sins do you find the most difficult to fight? Let us know in the comments.

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Note: This post was updated on February 14, 2012. When it was first published, it incorrectly listed vanity as one of the seven deadly sins instead of wrath. That error has now been corrected in the text as well as the infographic.

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  • LIz Mason

    Sounds like a plan dude. Wow.

  • Ima Ryma

    To sin is human nature – tiz!
    Other animals by instinct
    Do go about their sinless biz.
    Sins are what make humans distinct.
    The 7 deadly sins exist:
    Pride, lust, greed, sloth and gluttony,
    Humans find so hard to resist,
    Toss in envy and vanity.
    Now, some say these sins can be whacked,
    And turned from a bad to a good.
    The human brain needs to be hacked,
    For better thinking neighborhood.

    So I tried hard to hack my brain.
    The Court ruled that I was insane.

  • Haha, thanks Ima!

  • Phil Patterson

    vanity is not one of the 7 deadly sins, its wrath. Do an ounce of research

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