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Changing Behavior

Ultimately, the knowledge you gain from studies in social cognition can help you better understand how to change behavior. Fishbein and Ajzen's (2009) theory of reasoned action and theory of planned behavior are seminal models for behavioral change. These models have evolved as a result of decades of research on how various social cognitive factors such as attitudes, norms, and perceived control can impact both our intentions and our behavior. Reference: Fishbein, M., & Ajzen, I. (2009). Attitudes, norms, and control as predictors of intentions and behavior. In M. Fishbein & I. Ajzen (Eds.), Predicting and changing behavior: The reasoned action approach (pp. 179-220). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Please provide a description of a behavior that you would like to change.

Explain the conditions necessary for the behavior to change according to Fishbein and Ajzen's theory of reasoned action.

Explain two potential challenges to changing the behavior and explain two ways you might address those challenges according to the theory of planned behavior. Be specific.

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In this particular task, you are being asked to reflect on a behavior you would like to change. Since this is supposed to be a personal reflection, as an example, I will focus on a general attitude/behavior that most people can relate to. You need to make your answer concise and relatable. I suggest this simple outline:

1. Reflection on Personal Behavior for change - 100 words
2. Theory of reasoned action application - 150 words
3. Potential challenges (2) - 150 words

This should yield around 400 words which should get you started. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best and good luck with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Personal Behavior Change

All of us have certain behavior that we wish we did not have attitudes about things, people or tasks that make us feel doubt about ourselves, disappointed at the worst. It is surprising if you think about it primarily because we are supposed to be in control of our internal selves, of our minds, of our emotions. Us, as 'persons' who feel and think the way we do assume that we are, always in control. But I think that the locus of control with regards to certain behaviors, attitudes and reactions to the world varies in people, in context. Personally, I am frustrated about my inability to control my spending. I have always been taught the value of saving. I have done a ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of behavioral change. The solution lays out the problem, suggests and outline and based on this, provides a narrative that exemplifies how the task can be completed. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. A Word-version is also attached.