Identify a current habit you wish you did not have. This needs to be a habit that you are willing to talk about with classmates. It could be something common, such as nail biting, smoking, being consistently late, watching too much television, etc.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN THIS HABIT? DESCRIBE THE BEHAVIORS AND/OR THOUGHTS (BOTH POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE) THAT YOU HAVE ABOUT THIS HABIT:
FREQUENCY OF HABIT (where, how when, etc.):
PAST ATTEMPTS TO BREAK THIS HABIT:
Outline a plan detailing how to change this habit in a 2 page essay (double-spaced).
Using the principles of operant conditioning, create a plan of how you can use reinforcers or punishers to change your habit. Remember: reinforcers are used to increase a behavior and punishers are used to decrease a behavior. After reading the material in this chapter, which will you use? What kind of schedule of reinforcement will you use? Why? Will you use the concept of shaping as you try to change this habit?