Do you feel that you are able to change ingrained patterns of behavior that you have had for a long time?
If not, you’re not alone!
Most people feel that behaviors (as well as thoughts) are difficult to change.
And they are right.
Behavior modification requires dedication, strength, and courage.
In this short article (video), I discuss the A-B-C Model of behavior management.
Changing your behavior requires an understanding of what is triggering you, causing your beliefs and behaviors, and leading to negative or positive consequences. Without this understanding it will be hard to change what is causing the problem.
For example, if you are having marital problems because of always working and never being home for dinner, for conversation, or for family time but cannot identify the source of the problem (i.e, working too much), your beliefs around it (“I have to work”), and the consequences (i.e., getting into an argument with your husband).
The A-B-C- Model is a form of cognitive behavior therapy which focused on the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The A-B-C- Model includes:
- Antecedents (triggers)