Michael R. Bartley

In United States at least we use phrase like “I am a person of habit!” So for example at certain food establishments I always eat salmon. I always mow my lawn on Sunday. My habit is to read the Obits and the Comics. Habits are not seen as rituals albeit they are.

Rituals, are reserved for particular space or concepts– the Lord’s Prayer is a ritual and can be dry, where the fact that I always have sex on Tuesday at 9 pm is not a ritual but a habit. Ritual holds all the formative negative power whereas habit is just who and what I do.

In my work with student ritual and habit are seen as very different constructs– even though they are not in social or psychological concepts.