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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Behavior Modification (Definition)

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


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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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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 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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What's the basis of cognitive behavioral therapy?

What's the basis of cognitive behavioral therapy?

Thoughts matter: The fundamental idea behind cbt is that our interpretations of events affect our emotions and behavior. Thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are interconnected. A change in one of these aspects of our experience influences the others. With cbt, dysfunctional beliefs and negative automatic thoughts are replaced by more functional beliefs and thoughts. As a result we feel and behave better. ...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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What is fading in behavior modification?

What is fading in behavior modification?

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

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How effective is trevose behavior modification program?

How effective is trevose behavior modification program?

Not effective: There are many other behavioral approaches to psychiatric symptomatology involving behavior modification such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, rapid eye movement therapy, etc. ...Read more

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What is emphasis of cognitive-behavioral therapy?

What is emphasis of cognitive-behavioral therapy?

Revise Your Thinking: The relationship between one's thoughts (cognitions), behaviors, and emotions are emphasized in cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt). Often, when a person feels emotionally distressed there is an identifiable "error" in one's thoughts. These errors include, for example, black-and-white thinking, overgeneralizing, jumping to conclusions, and catastrophizing. Correcting these problems helps a lot. ...Read more

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Is any difference in the effectiveness of psychotherapy and behavior modification for weight loss?

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

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Psycho therapy or behavior modification techniques , which one is more effective for phobias?

Psycho therapy or behavior modification techniques , which one is more effective for phobias?

Both are great: Psychotherapy can involve many forms of treatment including behavior modification. Cognitive-behavioral therapy in particular with exposure therapy is often very effective to treat phobias. See your doctor to determine the best treatment plan for you. ...Read more

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Is any difference in effectiveness of behavior modification and operant conditioning for weight loss?

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

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What types of cognitive behaviour therapy or mindfullness training are most useful for managing bipolar?

What types of cognitive behaviour therapy or mindfullness training are most useful for managing bipolar?

MBCT and more: Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (mbct) has been shown to reduce recurrent major depression episodes. It may also be helpful for bipolar disorders. Meditation and other mindfulness approaches may also help: mbsd, act, dbt. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

What are the benefits of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Inpatient success: In a 2002 study DBT, a form of cognitive behavioral therapy provided in an inpatient setting for three months seemed be successful in reducing symptoms related to depression, anxiety, poor inter- personal functioning, poor social adjustment, global psychopathology and self-mutilation in patients with borderline personality disorder. It is now considered the gold standard for treatment of BPD. ...Read more

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What is the role of physical activity in weight management?

What is the role of physical activity in weight management?

Exercise and Weight : Generally speaking when trying to change your shape you should use exercise for two purposes. To increase metabolism and to maintain muscle mass. It is not wise to use exercise as a weight loss tool since you can eat many more calories than you can exercise away. Lower your carb intake, eat frequent small meals or snacks and drink plenty of water. Work to keep your heart rate between 100-120 bpm. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between behavior therapy and behavior modification for weight loss?

YES: 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

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What are some good examples of behavior modification to change snacking ?

What are some good examples of behavior modification to change snacking ?

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

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What are the complications of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

What are the complications of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

None: DBT is a treatment approach used by therapists trained in it.It heals by teaching life skills in 4 categories: mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal and distress tolerance.Clients using DBT work on it outside of therapy & can learn it through individual or group therapy.It is neither a medicine nor a cure-all,but can be really effective when used well, in and out of the therapy office. ...Read more

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Can psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytical psychotherapy permanently change the personality of a person?

Can psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytical psychotherapy permanently change the personality of a person?

Yes, hard to prove: It is certainly the aim of these psychotherapies to change fundamental personality traits (for the better of course). Countless case reports attest to success in doing so. But strong scientific proof would require careful, repeated personality assessment for large numbers of patients over many years — "permanently" is a long time — something that is very hard and expensive to study. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
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Behavior Therapy (Definition)

Behavior therapy seeks to target the symptoms or behaviors that are troublesome, based upon the principles of behavior modification, rather than attempting ...Read more