Behavior and Social Cognitive Approaches to Forming Habits

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Behavior and Social/Cognitive Approaches to Forming Habits
Nikia Williams
PYS/250
03/31/2011
Mr. David Wolske

Abstract

Behavior and Social/Cognitive Approaches to Forming Habits
Prayer is a behavior that has existed for many generations in my family. My grandmother and mother prayed nightly, before meals, and in the event of any unpleasant situations, which created the habit of praying for me. Praying is a form releasing for me. Releasing and relinquishing every part of my life to God who I pray to. Praying to God allows me to remove worry and doubt from my life under most conditions. In the times I chose not to pray, it permits the various mishaps to weigh me down, preventing me from living with the intentions of being loving to everyone I come in contact with. The times I chose not to pray are not done purposely, and usually occur when I focus on my surroundings and forget that I am to pray at all times. Behavioral personality theory suggest the reason I perform this ritual of prayer, is because for many years I observed this act and its practice formed a habit much like learning to speak English is learned through watching others use of it. Behavioral personality theory suggests that any observable behavior impacts learning…... Social/cognitive theory suggests that I formed this habit because it is linked to my social environment. Also in social/cognitive theory it is believed that habits are formed when there in interactions of the environment with personal beliefs.
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