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Avoidance Behaviors (Overview)

Avoid or withdraw from something. The opposite would be approach behaviors where you move toward the object or situation. We usually avoid things that are painful, distressing or unpleasant and approach things that are pleasant or rewarding.


Avoidance Behaviors (Overview)

Avoid or withdraw from something. The opposite would be approach behaviors where you move toward the object or situation. We usually avoid things that are painful, distressing or unpleasant and approach things that are pleasant or rewarding.


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Epilepsy and impulsive behavior; any relationship?

Epilepsy and impulsive behavior; any relationship?

Could be: Especially if you possess complex partial seizures. Discuss with your neurologist, but do not disregard possibility of medication adverse effect, especially if you are taking a Dopamine agonist. ...Read more

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I am experiencing impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

I am experiencing  impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

Recommend assessment: You have described a lot of symptoms that could potentially affect your life and/or that could get worse if not addressed. There are ways to manage those symptoms, but it is important to be assessed by a mental health professional (psychologist or psychiatrist) who can help you to figure out what is causing those symptoms and how to best address them. ...Read more

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How do behavior modification therapists solve problematic behavior?

How do behavior modification therapists solve problematic behavior?

Behavioral Analysis: They rely on applied behavioral analysis (aba), which is based on the theory of behaviorism. The principle of reinforcement is one of the most important aspects of aba. For example, if a behavior is followed closely in time by an event ("stimulus") and this results in an increase in the future frequency of that behavior, the event or stimulus is a positive reinforcer. This is a bit like a reward. ...Read more

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What behavior modification techniques are there?

What behavior modification techniques are there?

Stages of Change: Professionals use behaviorism to modify human behaviors as part of a learning or treatment process. Simpler behavior modification techniques involve setting realistic goals, creating plans, and implementing them. Given a good plan, people succeed if they are able to stay in the action phase long enough. Success is continued through a maintenance/monitoring phase. See the "stages of change" chart. ...Read more

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Is impulsive behavior the first sign of future suicidal or homicidal behavior?

Probably not: The first signs of suicidal or homicidal behavior tend to be either depression or a general lack of concern for the well-being of others. While someone that impulsive may make a decision the harm themselves or others, we are more interested in suicidal or homicidal thoughts as a precursor to such behavior. ...Read more

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Is constant avoidance of situations a personality disorder?

Is constant  avoidance of situations  a personality disorder?

Possibly: There are people with avoidant personality disorder who may consistently avoid social settings. This is also seen in schizoid personality disorder. However, this type of symptom can be found in other emotional problems as well, such as depression and various types of anxiety. ...Read more

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What's behavior modification therapy?

What's behavior modification therapy?

Targets specific: Behaviors using well established learning principles such as positive & negative reinforcement, shaping, exposure, extinction and infrequently, punishment. Usually specific behaviors are targeted such as head banging, tantrums, refusal to participate, etc. These principles are often used in weight loss, cigarette cessation, and shyness training programs. Requires lots of expertise to do well! ...Read more

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What are “stereotyped behaviors”?

What are “stereotyped behaviors”?

Patterned Movements: "stereotyped behaviors" typically refer to repetitive, patterned movements that are usually rhythmic in nature. These are most commonly associated with autism spectrum disorders, but are sometimes seen in other disorders like tardive dyskinesia, schizophrenia and mental retardation. Examples include head banging, rocking, hand-wringing or flapping, marching in place, etc. ...Read more

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How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Rational emotive: therapy is an early form of Cognitive Therapy or CT. Research shows Exposure+Response Prevention and CT work best. E+RP is a structured program of confronting the feared situation or thought without using the compulsive behavior to escape from it. CT challenges faulty thinking associated with OCD. Effective treatment with either approach takes a very skilled therapist. ...Read more

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Smoking cigarettes leads to paranoid behavior, axiety?

Smoking cigarettes leads to paranoid behavior, axiety?

Not usually: Cigarettes do not as a rule lead to paranoid behavior. Unless, you are 14 and smoking in the bathroom "cigarettes" laced with marijuana or other substance is another matter. ...Read more

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Are all bipolar examples extremely negative? (having tantrums, licentiousness, gambling etc etc)

Are all bipolar examples extremely negative? (having tantrums, licentiousness, gambling etc etc)

Oh my gosh: I have spent time with people who were manic & hypomanic who were hilarious, charming, creative, fun & delightful (that was the good part). With the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse among people who are bipolar - there tends to be more mixed states and less purely manic states. ...Read more

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Is stimlulus-response example of how behavior reinforcement works?

Is stimlulus-response example of how behavior reinforcement works?

Classical v. Operant: Stimulus-response theory relates to pavlovian or classical conditioning (think about the experiments with food, a bell, and salivation). Behavioral reinforcement is a part of what is called operant conditioning (sometimes called "instrumental conditioning). A behavior is strengthened by a reinforcer provided in response to the desired behavior. To learn more, read about "conditioning.". ...Read more

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Are these OCD behaviors symptoms of disabilities?

Are these OCD behaviors symptoms of disabilities?

OCD: OCD is obsessive compulsive disorder, which is comprised of obsessions (repeating unwanted thoughts) and compulsions (ritualistic behaviors to help deal with those thoughts) such as washing hands repeatedly, constantly cleaning, checking locks, and other similar behaviors. Often the emotions behind OCD are based in fear and/or anger that is unresolved and even unverbalized. ...Read more

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Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Not sure: What the specific question is, but these are serious issues that could b helped by therapy and medication. ...Read more

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Behavior modification theory suggests that we can change behavior. How?

Behavior modification theory suggests that we can change behavior. How?

Reward The Positive: Behavior modification theory is based on a simple idea: reward positive and ignore negative behavior. Often used in parenting children. An example: 2 children are playing side-by-side sharing their toys are verbally praised and 5 minutes is added to their play time, a third child refuses to share and is placed in a brief time-out effectively ignoring the negative behavior. Consistency is the key. ...Read more

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Are all relationships spiritual or emotional rewards?

Are all relationships spiritual or emotional rewards?

Relationships: Our relationships offer us endless opportunities to grow and evolve. This may not always feel pleasant at the time. People tend to choose each other for unconscious reasons, and then struggle over issues that are sensitive to both. The most mutually satisfying relationships provide love, trust, connection, and affection that extend over time, no matter what stresses are also going on. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Avoidant Personality Disorder (Definition)

A psychological disorder in which a person experiences discomfort in social situations, ...Read more