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A-B-C's of Human Experience : An Integrative Model

A-B-C's of Human Experience : An Integrative Model - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534359812

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Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 1999
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A-B-C's of Human Experience : An Integrative Model - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534359812

Wallace J. Kahn

ISBN13: 978-0534359812
ISBN10: 0534359817
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Humorously illustrated with personal, practical examples and tasteful cartoons, this text presents an integrated model for purposeful behavior change. Rather than present theories of counseling, Kahn uses the A (Antecedent)--B (Behavior)--C (Consequence) model to explain the theory and principles that form the foundation of many of the counseling and educational approaches employed today and demonstrates that operant behavior, emotion, physiology, neurology, cognition, social learning, and culture must all have a place in our understanding of the human experience. The author's A-B-C model offers a solid foundation for understanding the self and others.

  • The author's inclusion of personal experiences and his conversational writing style helps readers see the relevance of each principle behavior change.
  • Numerous examples and reader applications add clarity to the principles described.
  • Cartoons illustrate principles of behavior change.
  • Chapter summaries review both the most important points about each component of the A-B-C Model and the essential message of each chapter.
  • A diagram of the A-B-C (Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence) model illustrates the central core of the model and appears at the end of each chapter. Since each chapter focuses on a different part of the model, the graphic focuses on the appropriate part of the diagram to help students use the model effectively.
  • The author uses a conversational writing style to help readers see the relevance and interconnectedness of many complex principles of thinking, feeling, and behaving.

Author Bio

Kahn, Wallace J. : West Chester University of Pennsylvania




Table of Contents

1. ORIENTING OURSELVES TO THE A-B-C MODEL.

A Personal Introduction.
A Preview Example of the A-B-C Model.
Analysis and Prescription for Change.
Scope of the Book.
Orientation of the Model.
Organization of the Book.

2. OPERANT BEHAVIOR.

Orienting Ourselves.
Why Start with Operant Behavior?
Operant Behavior Defined.
Covert Operants.
Learning Operants: Directly and Indirectly.
Behavior Strength.
Problem Operants: Behavior of Real Concern.

3. DESIRABLE CONSEQUENCES: WHAT WE HOPE, EXPECT, AND CREATE.

Orienting Ourselves.
Contingencies.
The Contingency as Covert Behavior.
Categories of Consequences.
Desirable Consequences.
Positive Reinforcement.
Negative Reinforcement.

4. UNDESIRABLE CONSEQUENCES: CONTINGENCIES WE DISLIKE.

Orienting Ourselves.
Punishment.
Extinction.
Schedules of Reinforcement.
Noncontingent Consequences and Superstitious Behavior.

5. ANTECEDENTS: OUR EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT.

Orienting Ourselves.
Antecedent Stimuli As Setting Events.
Stimulus Control.
Stimulus Discrimination: Reading Your Antecedent Traffic Lights.
Antecedents: Green Lights.
Antecedents: Red Lights.
Stimulus Discrimination: The Process.
Antecedent Green Lights: Characteristics and Functions in Learning.
Stimulus Generalization.
Concepts: Discriminating Within Generalizations.

6. RESPONDENTS: BEHAVIOR OF OUR BODY.

Orienting Ourselves.
Our Mind/Body System.
Change As a Stressor.
Anxiety.
Coping and Adaptation: An Example.
GAS: Our General Adaptation System.
Alarm.
Resistance.
Exhaustion.

7. COVERT BEHAVIOR: INTRODUCING THE A-B-C's OF OUR MIND.

Orienting Ourselves.
Our Covert Operants.
The Antecedent-Covert Connection.
Creating Our Own Covert Behavior.
Reality: The One in My Head, and the Other One.
Reality from Consensual Validation.
Translating Our A-B-C's into A-B-C's.
Levels of Consciousness.
Automatic Pilot of Our Brain.

8. COVERT STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES.

Orienting Ourselves.
Hemispheric Specialization.
Left-Brain Functioning.
Right-Brain Functioning.
Hemispheric Integration.
Developmental Schemata of Covert Processes.
Assimilation and Accommodation.
Schemes: Our Covert Action Plans.
Equilibrium and the Development of Self.
Schemata As Covert A-B-C's: Developmental Factors.
The Cortex-Limbic Connection and the Structure of Emotion.

9. OUR COVERT A-B-C's: WHAT WE THINK ABOUT.

Orienting Ourselves.
Our A-B-C's As a System.
Cybernetic Regulation of Our A-B-C System.
Change and Our Dynamic A-B-C System.
The Power of Goals and Our Desired A-B-C's.
Feedback and Control.
Memory: Our Storage and Retrieval of Covert A-B-C's.
Attributions: Our Explanations for Past and Present A-B-C's.
Expectations: Predictions for Future A-B-C's.
From Attributions to Expectations: A Painful Example.

10. PERSONALIZING OUR A-B-C'S: THE A-B-C'S OF THE SELF.

Orienting Ourselves.
The Concept of Self.
The Stability of the Self.
Our Many Selves.
Our Natural Tendencies for Self-Development.
Protection and Enhancement of Our Covert Experience.
Cognitive Dissonance: The Search for Compatible Parts.
Self-Valuing: Judgements We Make about Self.
The Power of Belief. The Placebo Effect.
Attitudes: The Action of Beliefs.
Self-Esteem and Our Valuing of Self.
Intrinsic Consequences.
Intrinsic Positive Reinforcement.

11. OUR JUDGEMENTS OF SELF.

Orienting Ourselves.
Judgements from Others.
Our Covert Valuing System.
Choosing Our Level of Acceptability.
The Subjective Nature of Our CVS.
Intrinsic Punishment.
Intrinsic Extinction.
Depression As Covert Intrinsic Extinction.
Intrinsic Extinction and Our Level of Acceptability.
Optimism, Pessimism, and the Orientation of Our CVS.
Perfectionism and Our Level of Acceptability.
Our Orientation to Success or Avoidance of Failure.

12. OUR COVERT EXPERIENCE OF EMOTION.

Orienting Ourselves.
Emotional Memory and the Biology of Temperament.
Emotion: An Integrative Covert Experience.
The Physiology of Emotion: Feeling.
The Amygdala-Hippocampus Partnership.
Feelings and the Dental Appointment.
Feelings and Our Memory of Pleasure.
Bringing Our Emotions to Consciousness: Thinking.
Complex Covert Partnerships in Emotion.
Feeling, Thinking, and Labeling Emotion.
The A-B-C Model: Closing the Circle.

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