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Behaviorial and Social/Cognitive Approaches to Forming Habits

Briefly analyze the formation of habits using behavioral and social/cognitive approaches and cover the following areas:

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?

Why do you continue it? Has there been a time when you have attempted to break this habit? Use the behavioral personality theory to explain why you have this habit.

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

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

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

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Behavioral and Social/Cognitive Approaches to Forming Habits...

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?

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

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

Habits are built upon acquired drives. The acquired drive operates to motivate behavior. Environmental psychologists has shown that various action models are able to predict people' travel mode to decisions and to identify intervening variables associated with habits. Behavior associated with personality is focused on variables such as drives, reward, punishment and/or reinforcement. For example, (although not a personality psychologist) Skinner stressed concepts such as punishment and reinforcement to demonstrate ways in which learning processes shape human behavior, and have been used to treat personality phobias. Additionally, behavioral drives are explained based on personality constructs such as traits and temperament. In their study Klockner & Matthies (2009) examined car use among university students, and found that car use habits were associated with personal norms. The predictors of car use and car choice behaviors were negatively influenced by personal norms to avoid using public transportation for environmental reasons.

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

Social learning theory proposes that the likelihood of responding in certain ways referred ...

Solution Summary

This solution outlines concepts in habit formation to provide the student with structure and guidance for answering the questions based on a habit he or she may have. This solution is approximately 800 words with six APA references.

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