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A-B-C's of Human Experience An Integrative Model

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ISBN-10: 0534359817

ISBN-13: 9780534359812

Edition: 1999

Authors: Wallace J. Kahn

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Humorously illustrated with personal, practical examples and tasteful cartoons, this text presents an integrated model for purposeful behavior change. Rather than present theories of counseling, Kahn uses the A (Antecedent)--B (Behavior)--C (Consequence) model to explain the theory and principles that form the foundation of many of the counseling and educational approaches employed today and demonstrates that operant behavior, emotion, physiology, neurology, cognition, social learning, and culture must all have a place in our understanding of the human experience. The author's A-B-C model offers a solid foundation for understanding the self and others.
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Book details

List price: $99.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 10/30/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Orienting Ourselves To The A-B-C Model
A Personal Introduction
A Preview Example of the A-B-C Model
Analysis and Prescription for Change
Scope of the Book
Orientation of the Model
Organization of the Book
Operant Behavior
Orienting Ourselves
Why Start with Operant Behavior? Operant Behavior Defined
Covert Operants
Learning Operants: Directly and Indirectly
Behavior Strength
Problem Operants: Behavior of Real Concern
Chapter Summary
Desirable Consequences: What We Hope, Expect, And Create
Orienting Ourselves
Contingencies
The Contingency as Covert Behavior
Categories of Consequences
Desirable Consequences
Positive Reinforcement
Negative Reinforcement
Chapter Summary
Undesirable Consequences: Contingencies We Dislike
Orienting Ourselves
Punishment
Extinction
Schedules of Reinforcement
Noncontingent Consequences and Superstitious Behavior
Chapter Summary
Antecedents: Our External Environment
Orienting Ourselves
Antecedent Stimuli as Setting Events
Stimulus Control
Stimulus Discrimination: Reading Your Antecedent Traffic Lights
Antecedents: Green Lights
Antecedents: Red Lights
Stimulus Discrimination: The Process
Antecedent Green Lights: Characteristics and Functions
Stimulus Generalization
Concepts: Discriminating within Generalizations
Chapter Summary
Respondents: Behavior Of Our Body
Orienting Ourselves
Our Mind/Body System
Change as a Stressor
Anxiety
Coping and Adaptation: An Example
G.A.S.: Our General Adaptation System
Alarm
Resistance
Exhaustion
Chapter Summary
Covert Behavior: Introducing The A-B-C's Of Our Mind
Orienting Ourselves
Our Covert Operants
The Antecedent-Covert Connection
Creating Our Own Covert Behavior
Reality: The A-B-C's of Our Assumptive World
Reality from Consensual Validation
Translating Our A-B-C's into a-b-c's
Levels of Consciousness
Automatic Pilot of Our Brain
Chapter Summary
Covert Structures And Processes
Orienting Ourselves
Hemispheric Specialization
Left-Brain Functioning
Right-Brain Functioning
Hemispheric Integration
Developmental Schemata of Covert Processes
Assimilation, Accommodation, and Equalization of Schemata
Schemata: Our Covert Action Plans
Equilibrium and the Development of Self
Schemata as Covert a-b-c's: Developmental Factors.Chapter Summary
Our Covert A-B-C's: What We Think About
Orienting Ourselves
Our A-B-C's as a System
Cybernetic Regulation of Our A-B-C System
Change and Our Dynamic A-B-C System
The Power of Goals and Our Desired a-b-c's
Feedback and Control
Memory: Our Storage and Retrieval of Covert a-b-c's
Attributions: Our Explanations for Past and Present a-b-c's
Expectations: Predictions for Future a-b-c's
From Attributions to Expectations: A Painful Example
Chapter Summary
Personalizing Our A-B-C's: The A-B-C's Of The Self
Orienting Ourselves
The Concept of Self
The Stability of the Self
Our Many Selves
Our Natural Tendencies for Self-Development
Protection and Enhancement of Our Covert Experience
Cognitive Dissonance: The Search for Compatible Parts
Self-Valuing: Judgments We Make about Self
The Power of Belief
The Placebo Effect
Attitudes: The Action of Beliefs
Self-Esteem and Our Valuing of Self
Intrinsic Consequences
Intrinsic Positive Reinforcement
Chapter Summary
Our Judgments Of Self
Orienting Ourselves
Judgments from Others
Our Covert Valuing System
Choosing Our Level of Acceptability
The Subjective Nature of Our C.V.S
The Motivational Effects of Our C.V.S
Intrinsic Punishment
Intrinsic Extinction
Depression as Covert Intrinsic Extinction
Intrinsic Extinction and Our Level of Acceptability
Optimism, Pessimism, and the Orientation of Our C.V.S
Perfectionism and Our Level of Acceptability
Chapter Summary
Our Covert Experience Of Emotion
Orienting Ourselves
Emotional Memory and the Biology of Temperament
Emotion: An Integrative Covert Experience
The Physiology of Emotion: Feeling