Psychology -
Cognitive and Behaviorist Studies

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Shaping Behaviors

Shaping Behaviors
      Many people live their daily lives by establishing a routine of specific activities or follow ritualistic patterns of behavior. Habits come in all flavors from self destructive to self enlightening. If you learning how to recognize these behavior patterns,
then it is possible to apply even a small effort to initiate big changes in your life.

      Sometimes it is difficulty to recognize your habits through a process of self-awareness. Sometimes close personal relationships make it difficult for persons, who are close family or friends, to have the objectiveness that is necessary to identify the problems. Even when they offer advice, the person receiving the information may emphatically reject the advice even when they have asked for a person's frank opinion.

      Obviously the services of a professional counselor, who has the training and objectiveness to provide an unbiased assessment of the problem(s), is not always physically possible or affordable. However, it is possible for an individual. who is mature and self aware, to assess their own situation and consider possible solutions to institute life changes.

      There are habits that are addictive and those that satisfy us that become overindulgent over time. Sometimes we convince ourselves that we can stop the behavior anytime we choose.

      Addictive Behaviors include:

  • Nicotine — Cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco
  • Caffeine — Coffee, tea, sodas hot chocolate
  • Alcohol — Beer, wine, coolers, champagne, cocktails, and hard liquor
  • Drugs — Prescription drugs, illegal drugs. and substances marketed as "health foods"
  • Eating Disorders — Binge Eating and Weight Loss - Bulimia and Anorexia
  • Physical and Mental Abuse — can occur in all age groups with males/females inflicting their abuse on male/female victims.
  • Kleptomania
     Indulgence Behaviors include:
  • Chocolate and other desertscandy, pies, cakes, donuts, pastries, etc.
  • Salty Snacks — french fries, potato chips, popcorn, nuts, etc.
  • Flirting — while claiming to be in a committed relationship, marriage, civil union/partnership
  • Obsessive Activities — watching TV, being on-line, participation in sports, etc.
     Compulsive Behaviors include:
  • High Activity Levels — Hyperactivity
  • Attention Deficit Disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an Anxiety disorder. — The person suffers from unwanted repetitive thoughts and behaviors that are very difficult to overcome. If severe and untreated, OCD can destroy the ability to function at work, school, or home.
  • Compensating Activities — attempts to mitigate disappointments caused by:
    • Stress,
    • Rejection,
    • frustration.
      Most researchers acknowledge that there is a strong connection between attractions for food, caffeine and alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and drugs with our emotions and moods. In many situations, food has become a relatively benign way to distract ourselves or mask uncomfortable feelings. Food is frequently associated with being sad, as a "reward" to ourselves, or if when we feel "obliged" to participate social, family, or business situations.

Recommended Reading:
  • The Importance of Yoga for Sports Persons   Feb. 5, 2011 Yoga is a holistic system - teaching skills which many sports persons seek, such as control over the mind, control over the body, good breathing, etc.
  • Autonomic Nervous System - NDRF   The autonomic nervous system conveys sensory impulses from the blood vessels , the heart and all of the organs in the chest, abdomen and pelvis, etc.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder  All kids have worries and doubts. But some have obsessive- compulsive disorder (OCD) in which their worries compel them to behave in certain ways.

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Converting Bad Habits

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