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Brain Hack the 7 Deadly Sins

So what exactly is a Brain Hack? And why does it work? A brain hack involves identifying a neuronal mechanism that was evolutionary adapted to do one thing, and then exploiting or hijacking this mechanism to do another. Often times, a brain hack is involved in changing habits. We are who we are based on our habits - by creating new habits, we will inevitably create a new identity.

At Become Career we thought it would be fun to look at ways to brain hack the classically identified "seven deadly sins" and this infographic is the result of our research.


Lust is a lack of self-control when confronting basic human appetites. The object of lust is often called a vice.

Common vices associated with lust:
Smoking, Alcohol, Porn

Brain Hack: Recasting
The process of reframing events and outside triggers, changing them from negatives to positives.

Suggested Hack:
Look at cravings as a positive as a positive reminder that you quit something bad for you.


To be gluttonous is to over-indulge. Many struggle with weight loss due to eating in excess. Overeating is often due to boredom. Eating becomes an emotional outlet.

Brain Hack: Distraction
The process of diverting attention from one thing to another.

Suggested Hack:
Give yourself a project, or take a walk when you're bored. Eventually, false hunger will become a trigger to exercise or be creative.


Being Prideful about one's self or certain topics may show conviction, but when taken too far, is a sign of closed-mindedness or arrogance.

People who are prideful often have beliefs that lead to extremism and discrimination. Pride leads to a superiority complex.

Brain Hack: Trigger Awareness
Using a method, object, or situation to cause an interrelated feeling or reaction.

Suggested Hack:
Through research and learning, you can trigger awareness and develop your right frontal lobe.


Another word frequently used for sloth is lazy which manifests itself in lack of activity. It is often caused by depression, poor health, being excessively self-conscious and lack of hope.

Brain Hack: Chunking
The process, in which the brain converts a sequence of actions into an automatic routine.

Suggested Hack:
By making activity a thoughtless part of your routine, it becomes simple and as necessary as brushing your teeth.


Vanity is being more concerned with physical appearance rather than introspection or health. People who encounter this sin are typically narcissistic and superficial which could be due to lack of self-awareness or identity.

Brain Hack:
Deep Breathing: A method of relaxation.

Suggest Hack: Meditation
Meditation and yoga offer breathing techniques that helps thinking more clearly, and focusing on trusting your mind and body from the inside out.


The desire for material things, wealth, and power can often cause us to not take time for ourselves and others. Greed often manifests itself as a lack of Work/Life balance and a lack of giving.

Brain Hack: Reinvigorating
The process of imparting vitality.

Suggested Hack:
Explore hobbies that focus on internal talents or interests that are not material. Give time rather than funds.


Jealousy towards another's happiness is a sign of insecurity and immaturity. Those who are envious may often crave independence and a sense of belonging simultaneously. A common, negative relationship dynamic in many relationships born out of envy is co-dependence. Envy shows a desire to be someone or feel something else, it is a form of dependency.

Brain Hack: Recasting
Reframe events and look at the positives rather than the negatives.

Suggested Hack
Appreciate the happiness of others as you would hope they would for you.