What is Behaviour Analysis? A Quick Guide

If you’re new to the concept of behaviour analysis then this post should get you up to speed with some of the key ideas.

The main thing that separates behaviour analysis from other types of psychology is this: instead of believing that our behaviour is caused by some kind of underlying trait that lives inside of us, behaviour analysis takes the viewpoint that the majority of our behaviour is actually learned and determined through interactions with our environment.

  • We aim to understand, explain, describe and predict behaviour
  • We have developed a set of “principles of behaviour” based upon years of scientific research. One example of these principles is reinforcement. These principles help us to recognize predictable patterns in behaviour.
  • Our goal is to use our research to help to make a really significant and positive impact on people’s lives

Behaviour analysis can be applied to so many different things! Business, classroom management, self-help, interventions for people with autism, recycling…… The list is endless!

In the image below you can see at a glance what behaviour analysis is and what it is not

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I hope that I’ve managed to get you a bit more familiar with behaviour analysis.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section!

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My Ukulele Challenge: How I motivated myself to play more often

Behaviour change projects often focus on the same things. Losing weight, quitting smoking, being more productive etc. I guess this is because these are the things that people battle with the most. But you get tired of reading about the same things. Doesn’t anybody have something a bit different that they want to change about themselves? So I thought that I would mix things up a bit and tell you how I stopped letting my beloved ukulele collect dust (using behaviour analysis)!

To hear more about how i did it, continue reading after the jump!

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Be the change

Self-monitoring: a simple and powerful way to break bad habits

Hopefully you have read part 1 in this series and you have managed to pin down what is maintaining your bad habit. Now that you know your enemy a little more, I can share a strategy with you to help kick that habit!

Self-monitoring is the act of keeping a daily record of a specific behavour that you want to change about yourself.  It’s a easy three step process that has a good success rate of breaking stubborn bad habits.

Let’s get started!

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