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Self-Directed Behavior Self-Modification for Personal Adjustment

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ISBN-10: 0534527361

ISBN-13: 9780534527365

Edition: 8th 2002 (Revised)

Authors: David L. Watson, Roland G. Tharp

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This effective self-help book presents a workable set of skills that readers can use for tackling their own self-modification programs, whether it be to improve self-confidence in dating, control overeating, implement and exercise program, or give up smoking. The authors' goal is to teach the basic skills necessary for readers to modify the behavior of their own choice, (66%-84% of the students employing these methods have achieved their self-change goals according to published studies in the literature). Once students have applied the principles to a behavior, they'll find it easier to use the skills in different settings.
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Book details

List price: $67.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034

David L. Watson is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Charter Fellow of the American Psychological Society. Watson is well known for his work in social anxiety, having developed the original scale to measure it. He has written textbooks in introductory psychology, social psychology, and learning skills. Watson is an enthusiastic world traveler, having visited over 100 countries. He speaks French and Greek, and is a certified master gardener, specializing in xerophytic plants. He divides his time now between Honolulu and Albuquerque.

Prefacep. ix
For Further Research on the World Wide Webp. xii
Adjustment and the Skills of Self-Directionp. 1
Outline and Learning Objectivesp. 1
Adjustment and Self-Directionp. 2
The Skills of Self-Direction and the Purpose of This Bookp. 7
Actions Are Embedded in a Contextp. 10
The Process of Self-Modificationp. 12
Does Self-Modification Work?p. 17
Chapter Summaryp. 23
Your Own Self-Direction Project: Step 1p. 24
Forethought: Specifying Targets, Anticipating Obstacles, and Creating Goalsp. 30
Outline and Learning Objectivesp. 30
Specifying Targets for Changep. 31
Anticipating Obstaclesp. 39
Putting Goals in Focusp. 52
Tips for Typical Topicsp. 62
Chapter Summaryp. 62
Your Own Self-Direction Project: Step 2p. 64
Self-Knowledge: Observation and Recordingp. 66
Outline and Learning Objectivesp. 66
Why Observe Ourselves?p. 67
Structured Diariesp. 68
Recording Frequency and Durationp. 74
Rating the Intensity of Emotionsp. 80
Practicalities of Record Keepingp. 86
What to Recordp. 87
Planning for Changep. 94
Tips for Typical Topicsp. 97
Chapter Summaryp. 102
Your Own Self-Direction Project: Step 3p. 104
The Principles of Self-Regulationp. 105
Outline and Learning Objectivesp. 105
Regulation Theoryp. 106
Developmental Theory: Regulation by Others and Regulation by Selfp. 108
The Development of Language Regulationp. 110
Consequencesp. 112
Antecedentsp. 117
Respondent Behavior and Conditioningp. 120
Modelingp. 123
Chapter Summaryp. 127
Your Own Self-Direction Project: Step 4p. 129
Antecedentsp. 131
Outline and Learning Objectivesp. 131
Identifying Antecedentsp. 132
Modifying Old Antecedentsp. 136
Arranging New Antecedentsp. 142
Tips for Typical Topicsp. 152
Chapter Summaryp. 157
Your Own Self-Direction Project: Step 5p. 158
Behaviors: Actions, Thoughts, and Feelingsp. 159
Outline and Learning Objectivesp. 159
Substituting New Thoughts and Behaviorsp. 160
Substitutions for Anxiety and Stress Reactionsp. 164
Relaxationp. 169
Developing New Behaviorsp. 176
Shaping: The Method of Successive Approximationsp. 184
Tips for Typical Topicsp. 188
Chapter Summaryp. 195
Your Own Self-Direction Project: Step 6p. 196
Consequencesp. 198
Outline and Learning Objectivesp. 198
Discovering and Selecting Reinforcersp. 200
Using Others to Dispense Reinforcersp. 204
Self-Administered Consequencesp. 208
Techniques of Self-Reinforcementp. 211
Self-Punishment and Extinctionp. 222
Reinforcement in Plans for Self-Modificationp. 226
Tips for Typical Topicsp. 230
Chapter Summaryp. 236
Your Own Self-Direction Project: Step 7p. 237
Developing a Successful Planp. 238
Outline and Learning Objectivesp. 238
Combining A, B, and C Elementsp. 239
The Elements of a Good Planp. 244
Evaluating Your Plan for Changep. 254
Tips for Typical Topicsp. 260
Chapter Summaryp. 261
Your Own Self-Direction Project: Step 8p. 262
Problem Solving and Relapse Preventionp. 263
Outline and Learning Objectivesp. 263
Problem Solvingp. 264
Relapse Preventionp. 274
Chapter Summaryp. 284
Your Own Self-Direction Project: Step 9p. 285
Termination and Beyondp. 287
Outline and Learning Objectivesp. 287
Formal Termination: Planning to Maintain Gainsp. 288
Beyond the Endingp. 294
Chapter Summaryp. 299
Your Own Self-Direction Project: Step 10p. 299
Bibliographyp. 301
Name Indexp. 325
Subject Indexp. 335
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