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Behavioral And Social/Cognitive Approaches To Forming Habits

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Behavioral and Social/Cognitive Approaches to Forming Habits
John Smith Jr.
PSY/250
June 16, 2011
Brian Garavaglia

Behavioral and Social/Cognitive Approaches to Forming Habits
This paper will be analyzing the formation of habits using the behavioral and social/cognitive approaches. In This paper the subject to analyze is one of my habits. It will state how that habit started and what role models if any I had for this habit. It also will discuss the people who influenced the adoption of this habit. The paper will also state whether or not I still continue doing said habit and has there been a time when I have attempted to break this habit.
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Were as I was playing with my ears to relieve stress and gain other satisfaction from it my brother and cousins were amused that I could fold my ear into itself and hold it there they would asks me to do it all the time, which made it even more comfortable for me to play with my ears because it was excepted by my peers.
This habit is still very much a part of my life and the reason why I continue to do it is for the same reasons that I started doing it. I also do it for a variety of other reasons including boredom, deep concentration, deep thought, and just the feeling I get when playing with my ears although I only play with the right ear now as opposed to playing with both ears when I was younger. I have tried to start this habit two times. The first time was when I was in the Marine Corps I got in trouble a couple times for playing with my ears while on security watch. That lead me to attempt to quit playing with my ears cold turkey but I did not work because every time I felt bored, lonely, nervous, or stressed I would go back to playing with my ears. The second time was about three years ago when my ears begin to bruise because of my playing with them. When I was younger my ears never showed and signs of damage resulting from my playing with them so I thought that since I was older now and they started to show damage that it was time to stop playing with them but I notice that as soon as they would heal from whatever damage they had that I would always go right back to playing with them. So now I come to the realization that I will be playing with my ears until I die.
Using the behavioral personality theory I feel that I have this habit do to the reinforcements that I received growing up from my aunt, my cousin and my friend. B.F. Skinner a leading behavioral psychologist believed that the consequences of behavior determine the probability that the behavior will occur again. That thinking leads me to believe that the reason I adopted this habit is that it was positively reinforcement. Growing up whenever I would play with my ears no one would ever say anything negative about it so there was never a stigma placed playing with my ears.
When trying to describe the components of social/cognitive theory that explain why this habit formed we must first understand what the social/cognitive theory is. The Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) was created by Albert Bandura, a professor at Stanford University, beginning in the 1960s and perfected and published in 1986. Born out of the Social Learning Theory (SLT), SCT addresses the behaviors of animals and what drives them to behave in certain ways. The first component of the social/cognitive theory that explains why this habit formed is the learning component. In the learning component...

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