Analyzing Formation of Habits

Analyzing Formation of Habits

Analyzing the Formation of Habits
Hugo Navarro
PSY/250
Sept. 17, 2012
Steven Gonzalez











Analyzing the Formation of Habits
In the following, I will analyze one of my habits and how the habit was developed. I will discuss whether or not there were role models for this habit and which people influenced the adoption of this habit. If the habit continues and if there has ever been a time when I have attempted to break the habit will be analyzed. The behavioral personality theory will be used to explain why I have this habit. I will describe components of social and cognitive theory and explain why the habit formed. I will develop a plan that applies operant conditioning to change the habit. In conclusion, I will discuss which theory best explains my personality.
According to make-or-break-habits.com, habits are routine behaviors done on a regular basis. They are recurrent and often unconscious patterns of behavior and are acquired through frequent repetition. Many of these are unconscious as we don’t even realize we are doing them.
Personally, I have a smoking habit. I believe that I picked this habit by watching both of my Parents, my Grand Parents, and most of my Aunts and Uncles smoke. Some would consider smoking and addiction. In my opinion, a habit can also be an addiction. Some believe the term addiction should be reserved for describing a physical dependency on chemical substances such as alcohol and drugs. Other addictions include a range of compulsive behaviors such as gambling, eating, shopping, playing video games, work and internet usage. This type of addiction is typically described as ‘psychological addiction,’ a state that can also accompany physical addictions.
Neuroscientists explain that people continue to smoke because they are too addicted to halt.  This is why TV ads promote various pharmaceuticals to enable the truly addicted to quit. In some cases, people use these as alternative nicotine-delivery systems - I know...

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