PSY 250 Week 4

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Week 4 Individual Behavioral and SocialCognitive Approaches to Forming Habits

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper analyzing the formation of habits using behavioral and social/cognitive approaches. Your paper should cover the following areas:

o Analyze one of your habits. How did you develop this habit? Were there role models for this habit? Which people influenced the adoption of this habit?

o Why do you continue it? Has there been a time when you have attempted to break this habit?

o Use the behavioral personality theory to explain why you have this habit.

o Describe components of social/cognitive theory that explain why the habit formed.

o Develop a plan that applies operant conditioning to change this habit.

o Between the behavioral and social/cognitive theories, which one do you find best explains your personality?

Include an introduction and conclusion in your paper.

Format your paper according to APA standards.

Week 4 DQ 1

Have you ever attempted to break a habit? How successful or unsuccessful were you? What was the biggest impediment to or cause of your success?

Week 4 DQ 2

Have you ever met or observed someone whose behavior or personality influenced you to change? What was it about this person that affected you positively or negatively? If you have never felt this way, what influences your own behavior?

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Behavioral and Social/Cognitive Approaches to Forming Habits
Habits are formed from the early stages of childhood and develop further into adult hood. One’s behavior and social interactions play highly influential part in the development of habits. Once a habit is formed it can be quite difficult to break. It requires the ability to recondition one’s self to behave differently. I struggle with a harmful habit of my own. Since the age of 14 years old I have been smoking cigarettes. Although I have managed to stop on a few occasions, ultimately I return to smoking sooner or later. I intend to analyze what caused this addiction and obtain a better understanding of why I cannot stop.
Since I was a small child, I have watched both my parents smoke an innumerable amount of cigarettes. I would always tell them that smoking is bad for them and that they needed to quit. At age 12 started my rebellious phase. I did not have rules mostly and the ones that I did have were not followed. This was mostly because there were no consequences to my actions. One day while my mother was not home, I stole a cigarette from her room and decided to light up. At first I coughed of course, but then I began to like the smooth minty flavor. Soon, I began standing near the corner store and asking someone who was going to make a purchase to buy me a pack of cigarettes. Mostly I would sneak and smoke. One day, I was on my back porch smoking while my mother was not home. It just so happened she got home just in the nick of time to catch me raising the cigarette to my mouth. I was of course shaken up and quickly threw the cigarette over the ledge.
To my surprise, my mother was not upset. She sat me down and asked me when I began smoking and why. I explained to her that I first did it just to try but then realized that they tasted good and gave me a sense of calm. I explained to her that I would ask someone to purchase them for me and was not to shocked to hear her say that it was dangerous and asking for trouble. She

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