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Guthrie's techniques

Can Guthrie's techniques for breaking bad habits be applied to serious problems in a clinical setting? Why or why not?

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1. Can Guthrie's techniques for breaking bad habits be applied to serious problems in a clinical setting? Why or why not?

Unlike the behaviorists, Guthrie argued that reward or punishment was NOT necessary to change behavior. Instead, all that is required to change behavior is success in one of the following tenets:

1. Problem-solving - e.g. Like the feeling of elation after solving a problem
2. Task-oriented (helpful) behaviors -e.g. Like doing something that would prove to be useful, such as studying for an exam or eating nutritionally.
3. Defense-oriented behaviours-e.g. Like activities that stop you getting into trouble or physical danger. (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/gary.sturt/behav1.htm)

From this Guthrie theory, proposed three methods for breaking bad habits based on Skinner's operant ...

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This solution discusses if Guthrie's techniques for breaking bad habits can be applied to serious problems in a clinical setting, including why or why not. References are provided.

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