Behavioral and Social/Cognitive Approaches to Forming Habits

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Behavioral and Social/Cognitive Approaches to Forming Habits

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.  
The paper will finish by using the behavioral personality theory to explain why I have this habit.   I will describe components of social/cognitive theory that explain why the habit formed.   I will develop a plan that applies operant conditioning to change this habit and finally state, which theory between behavioral and social/cognitive best explains my personality.
The habit that I will discuss is the habit I have of playing with and folding my ears into themselves.   To the best of my knowledge I developed this habit at a very young age of around four to five.   I had an aunt named Elaine who is deceased that would play with my ears.   She would play with my ears all the time, especially when I was upset up something and the sensation I would receive from her touching my ears would always calm me down.   I believe I developed this habit as a way to handle stress and intense situations.   Whenever I am feeling stressed, angry or tensed I would start to play with my ear and that would help relieve the feelings of stress, and anger and place me back into a start of relaxation.   When I enter puberty I noticed that playing with my ears would relieve most of the sex tension that I was experiencing as an adolescent.   I will probably credit my brother and cousins as the people who influenced the adoption of the habit....
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