Behavior Modification Focuses On Evaluating And Covert Behaviors

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Behavior modification focuses on assessing, evaluating and improving overt and covert behaviors in an individual to better his or her daily lifestyle and functioning (BOOK). Individuals who choose to go through a behavior modification program normally focuses on a behavior in which he or she feels is an interference with his or her social or personal life. Behaviors that have been shown to be effective in this type of program includes but is not limited to anxiety, depression, exercising for health or weight loss, water consumption, substance abuse, and studying habits. One type of behavior that is most sought out to be modified is that of habitual behaviors.
Habitual behaviors can be thought of as a behavior in which an individual does not notice the occurrence of what he or she is doing and that behavior has no lasting impact on his or her daily functioning but can have a detrimental effect on his or her social life (HABIT REF). Habitual behaviors can also be associated with nervous habits such as nail-biting. Woods and Miltenberger (1996) suggested that nervous behaviors serve as a self-stimulating function and was suggested to be associated with psychopathy. Although nervous behaviors were suggested to be associated with psychopathy, there was not any additional evidence to support this suggestion and therefore could not be shown as a possible precursor of psychopathy. Nervous habits include playing with your hair, cracking joints, picking at your face, and even

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