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Behavior and Behavior Modification

We live modeled by various behaviormodification techniques. Many of these we endured during ourchildhood, and the positive effect of these is visible in our currentbehavior. For example, we are taught to respect the elderly, bepatient and tolerant to other people, be confident but fair etc. Allthese things need to be learned and our parents taught us these invarious ways.

Wrong behavior can either be prevented before it evenshows itself or can be treated and remedied after its occurrence.Naturally, different techniques are used for both of these things. Ifa behavior problem occurs, parents usually, observe it, identify itand then target it only to stop it eventually. Thus, in order toprevent behavior issues beforehand one needs to be aware of theadequate techniques and methods of achieving this.

Moreover, behavior modification can beused for treating both children and adults in cases of attentiondeficit disorder or hyperactivity issues, obsessive compulsivedisorder, treating phobias and personality disorders as well as bedwetting and other, similar problems.

Behavior Modification Techniques

One of the best behavior modificationtechniques is positive reinforcement. Namely, a child is taught to dosomething good. Each time he/she does it, he/she is to be rewardedfor the efforts invested into being good.

However, children can use thistechniques for their own benefit. Then, this misuse is stopped byremoving the reward from the picture. This is needed when a childreceives all he/she wants through crying, begging, or acting absentand antisocial.

If the child is acting against therules of a proper conduct, time out is an excellent technique. It is apunishment which requires “banishing” the disobedient child fromthe group or the activity he/she is in, due to his/her inappropriatebehavior. This can help the child realize he/she has done somethingwrong and paid for it, avoiding the wrong behavior in the future,only to avoid being punished anew.

Additionally methods of dealing withdisobedience is through punishment as a direct product of doingsomething which is forbidden. However, here the child needs to knowthe rules beforehand.

Also, penalty is a great way of dealingwith a problematic child. For example, grounding the child orrestricting certain privileges may prove to be quite constructive inthe long run.

Thus, you need to come up with aproductive system of behavior modification and stick to it no matterwhat. Do not forget to reward and praise your child for behavingadequately. However, do not avoid punishment or some other methodswhen the child is disobedient.

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