Behavioral Change

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Taylor Emig
10/13/12
Psychology
Behavioral Change

Everyone has that one behavior they would like to change. The behavior I tried to change was to limit myself to going to Dairy King as much as I normally did. My specific goal was to limit going to Dairy King twice a week rather than six times a week or more. I wanted to change this behavior for a few reasons. Going to Dairy King is very fattening for me, and I do not want to eat such fatty foods everyday because it is not a healthy choice for me. Another reason I wanted to change this behavior is because it is expensive. I should not be wasting that much money on food. I need to save money rather than going Dairy King all the time.

Several benefits would be saving money and maybe losing weight since their food is fattening. If I was not eating such fatty foods at Dairy King I could lose a few pounds. Even though my mother tells me everyday when I complain about my weight that I do not need to lose a few pounds. However, my main reason for changing this behavior is because of money. I spend way too much money at Dairy King and that is why I want to change my behavior.

Not only were there benefits from changing my behavior, but also I had to keep track of it somehow. I kept track of my daily progress in a notebook and would keep track of what days I went there, what I bought, and how much the total bill was. I wanted to keep track of how much it costs because I wanted to see how much I spent at Dairy King in two weeks.

Other than keeping track of my behavior, I feel as if my behavior that I tried to change fell under the physiological needs on Maslow’s hierarchy of motives. I think it fell under physiological needs because it is the need for food, water, sleep, and sex. Obviously my behavior did not have anything to do with sleep or sex. However, I had a need to go to Dairy King for food and water and I wanted to change that. Some counter-motives that made it difficult for me was when I was hungry;...
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