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Behavior Modification Techniques For Adults
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
Behavior modification, a type of psychotherapy is the use of demonstrated behavior change techniques to increase or decrease the frequency of behaviors, such as altering an individual's behaviors and reactions to stimuli through positive and negative reinforcement of adaptive behavior and/or the reduction of behavior through its extinction, punishment ...Read more
Techniques: Is this in all areas of functioning, or just novel or specific situations? Kids know when something is hard for them by kg. "i can't" often avoids a task or direction. Break the task down into parts & say "i'll help you, but I won't do it for you, " if the task is age-appropriate. Ignore the protests; wait 2-3 minutes & calmly re-state "it's time for you to. "not yes, you can! " practice! ...Read more
Step 1-alter stimuli: Uncontrolled eating can be triggered by seeing something "tasty" on tv, the web, etc. So avoiding those visual stimuli can help. Likewise removing from the house (if possible) calorie-laden foods can limit weight gain from eating when vulnerable (eg, bored, sleepy, hungry from skipping meal). On the flipside, placing bathroom scales next to the refrigerator can help avoid temptation. More 2 come! ...Read more
Can you suggest some good reading references for adult behavior modification (physical health issues) in a non-clinical setting?
Health issues: Mind body approaches to health issues include a trip to the doc to rule out or diagnose medical conditions if that has not been done yet. Then consider "Feeling Good" by David Burns for cognitive therapy to help mood disorders. "The Divided Mind" by John Sarno is good for pain. A clinical psychologist who specializes in health psychology or behavioral medicine can facilitate this process. Peace ...Read more
As it sounds: Fading is slowly diminishing an old behavior while introducing a new stimulus as a replacement. An example might be cutting back on cigarettes, one less per day, while adding walks when the urge to smoke hits. ...Read more
A Type of Therapy: Behavior modification, a type of psychotherapy is the use of demonstrated behavior change techniques to increase or decrease the frequency of behaviors, such as altering an individual's behaviors and reactions to stimuli through positive and negative reinforcement of adaptive behavior and/or the reduction of behavior through its extinction, punishment and/or satiation. Source wikipedia. ...Read more
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
Snack all the time: An idea that has worked for people is to plan in advance what foods and what quantities you'll be eating for the day. Then, decide to stick with this plan. If possible, place all these foods in one container and snack on it all you want. But, when it's gone you're finished for the day (as you planned it). Some people divide the day's food into 5-6 parts, eating one portion every few hours. ...Read more
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
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
Rewards appropriate: Behavior modification is an approach to changing behavior through stimuli to act and reinforcement or lack of reinforcement of actions toward the stimuli or situation (s-r-reward). Principles are demonstrated in one of the classic books on weight loss, "slim chance in a fat world". http://www. Amazon. Com/slim-chance-world-richard-stuart/dp/087822193x/ref=sr_1_1? s=books&ie=utf8&qid=1319243933&sr=1-1. ...Read more
I'm sick and tired of my fat body and desperately want to lose weight. Can behavior modification help?
Is any difference in the effectiveness of psychotherapy and behavior modification for weight loss?
Therapy & wt loss: The question is difficult to answer because behavior modification is part of psychotherapy, not an alternative to it. Effective weight loss involves maintaining normal eating patterns, exercise, social support, realistic weight goals, a focus on health rather than appearance, & good self-esteem. Effective programs are comprehensive, long term & address your specific obstacles to success. ...Read more
Strengthen behavior: Behavior modification is based in part on these basic principles: if someone receives what is considered a reward after engaging in certain behavior, that behavior will be strengthened or occur more often. If someone receives no reward, that behavior will weaken or occur less often. It is up to you to decide what behavior get what rewards. So make some lists of what works and see my comment below. ...Read more
Behavior modification for weight loss is more specific to the goal at hand, i.e. Weight loss. For instance - not eating after 6 pm.
Behavior therapy can deal with behavioral problems of more general every day nature. ...Read more
Is any difference in effectiveness of behavior modification and operant conditioning for weight loss?
Done right both work: Operant conditioning is a form of behavior modification. Behavior modification is based in part on these basic principles: if someone receives what is considered a reward after engaging in certain behavior, that behavior will be strengthened or occur more often. If someone receives no reward, that behavior will weaken or occur less often. It is up to you to set up what behaviors get what rewards. ...Read more
Yes: Go to free weight loss, . Com for an excellent article. Eating for most of us is a list of habits developed over time that we need to break. Also put smaller portions on a bigger plate. Count the times you chew your food. Drink water after each bite. Don't buy bad choice foods. Try not to chew gum during the day as it stimulats the juices that signal your brain to make you want to eat! ...Read more
Understanding how: Changing aubject's behavior can result in changes in how they are feeling ;/or how certain bodily functions work ; be modified. Examples of behavior therapy are:-biofeedback, a form of behavior therapy, and is used to learn bladder and bowel control. Aversion therapy is another form of behavior therapy used to control various impulses including smoking, overeating and unacceptable sexual behavior. ...Read more
Behaviorism: Behavior therapy is based on behaviorism, which concerns itself with observable behaviors and not on unobservable events that take place in people's minds. Reinforcement of positive/desired behaviors and extinction of negative or unwanted behaviors is the focus and goal. ...Read more
Varies: The cost of behavioral health treatment varies depending on the type of license and experience of the practitioner, the geographic location, and the services provided. There can be initial assessment fees, testing fees, and ongoing therapy fees, depending on the issue. A ballpark estimate for ongoing therapy (usually 50 minutes per session) in the U.S. Might be $120-$200 per appointment. ...Read more
One type of therapy: Behavior therapy is one type of psychological treatment. Behavioral modification techniques reinforce behaviors you want to promote ; ignore or apply negative consequences for behaviors you wish to change. These techniques do not consider the cause of the symptoms to be important in order to change the behavior. It can be used for a wide variety of psychological issues. ...Read more
Therapy for Thoughts: Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) is a psychotherapy in which the therapist and the patient work together to revise problematic thinking patterns that lead to emotional and behavioral problems. This is essential because one's beliefs affect one's view of self, others, and one's future. What one believes, whether it is true or not, affects every aspect of our lives. "disputing" is one cbt skill. ...Read more
Yes: Dialectical behavior therapy (dbt), is a type of psychotherapy aimed primarily at borderline personality disorder (bpd). Dbt is a cognitive behavioral therapy, meaning it is a therapy that focuses on the role of cognition (e.g., thoughts and beliefs) and behaviors (e.g., actions) in affecting mood and general functioning. It has been effective in treating bpd and other problems. ...Read more