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Behavior Change 1 Running head: COMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR CHANGE Was that necessary? Modification of Compulsive Behavior Ian Tierson St. John Fisher College
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Behavior Change 2 Introduction Everyone has habits. They are an unpleasant fact. They can be unhealthy, wasteful, and seemingly purposeless. Nevertheless, we have them. Sometimes we decide to get rid of them, or at least to try. There are multitudes of ways to try to reduce or end a habit. Karen Pryor divides these into eight major groups. Ordered form least to most effective they are: 1. “shoot the animal” (cold turkey stop) 2. Punishment 3. Negative reinforcement 4. Extinction 5. Starting another habit that excludes the old one 6. Tying the habit to a cue, then never giving the cue 7. Reward yourself for not doing the habit 8. Find the reason for the habit, and change to a more appropriate response. (Karen Pryor, 1984/1999, p. 99) These eight categories describe ways to change the behavior. Another article, described a way to deal with habits more specifically. The approach included training, relaxation, and habit-reversal
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSYCH 281 taught by Professor Phelan during the Spring '07 term at St. John Fisher College.

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