Psych Mid Term - David Andrews Gabbart Intro To Psychology...

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David Andrews Gabbart Intro To Psychology 17102007 Behavioral Therapies Psychological therapies have many different types, one of them being behavior therapy. This uses learning techniques as well as others to change the behaviors, which, intern will change thoughts to solve disorders. Behavioral Therapy can be defined as “therapy that applies learning principals to the elimination of unwanted behaviors” (Myers, p 503). Behavioral therapy uses classical, operant, and aversive conditionings to change the behaviors. There are many techniques that fit in with the classical condition section of the behavior therapies. It is where a stimulus that usually makes one behavior is used to make a different behavior. That process is called counterconditioning. During counterconditioning, the patients are exposed to different kinds of stimuli. Systematic Desensitization is one form of this. Systematic Desensitization is usually used to cure phobias, and is the exposure of the stimulus that causes the fear in a relaxed setting. This causes the people to associate that stimuli with a relaxed setting, and over come their fear. For example, people with agoraphobia, the fear of going outside, would use this process to make them able to go out. They would start by taking one step at a time, then slowly but surely they will get over their fear, if they have the willpower. When the
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Gabbart during the Fall '08 term at Union College.

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