Behavioral and Social/ Cognitive Approaches to Forming Habits

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Behavioral and Social/ Cognitive Approaches to Forming Habits Yesenia Torres
April 10, 2012
Dr. Cortez

In this paper I have been asked to analyze one of my habits. I have many habits, some of the habits I have are somewhat destructive and some are not so. Some habits would shock people (nothing illegal of course) and some would make people laugh. The one habit that I have and that I’ve decided to discuss and state what caused me to begin this habit, is my habit of smoking cigarettes. It all began when I was 14 years old. I was with one of my friends who did smoke, and being the curious me; I asked if I can have one. At first she kind of hesitated to give me one, but I keep pushing her to let me try and she gave in and from that moment I’ve been hooked. Over the years it’s become a habit that I’ve tried to overcome and let go but it has not been an easy road to accomplish. Regarding me having any role models that would influence me, I’ve seen numerous family members smoke around me but they have never tried to ever offer me any and I, at that time never really considered trying it then. The excuse I’ve used to continue smoking is that I have too much stress when dealing with my personal issues in life and that smoking is the only thing that can calm me down when needed. The only time I’ve actually stopped smoking was when I found out I was pregnant and still I smoked for the first 3 months of my pregnancy until I told myself that I cannot continue to harm my child anymore, plus that taste was becoming unbearable. A little after my child was born, I’d say about maybe 2 months after, I began the habit once again. Now I’ve tried many attempts to quit smoking but all had failed. I even tried when I decided to move to Texas a year and a half ago. I thought since I was changing my environment I might as well go ahead and change my whole lifestyle with it too. But that didn’t last long, just 2 weeks into it; I was right back at it because once...
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