Self Reflection Journal

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The behavior I tried to increase was journaling. My precise goal was to write more throughout the whole week than I usually do. In doing so, I would ultimately benefit by becoming more mindful and achieving emotional intelligence. I wanted to increase the amount of times I journaled because I saw an increase in bad behavior, such as irritation, anger, along with restlessness. I was very motivated to make this change because I enjoy self-reflecting and I was very eager to see a difference. During the project, this motivation slowly decreased as life got in the way. Journaling became the least of my priorities, and I, unfortunately, forgot about writing some days, only increasing my journal entries by two. During the baseline-recording phase, …show more content…
When these stimuli were triggered I would find myself writing in my journal. Also a conditioned stimulus that I noticed was that anytime I was alone and had time to for myself and my thoughts, I would also write in my journal. It didn’t really matter what time it was during the day, just when I was specifically alone. They definitely affected my behavior as they actually triggered me to write. Some operant conditioning associations I discovered during the baseline week were the relief and consciousness I gained after writing. After writing, I have sense of clarity and associate this feeling with journaling. But sometimes when I don’t write, I am punished because I feel mentally …show more content…
And I was personally punished if I didn’t write that day because I was more restless than I would have been if I would have wrote down my thoughts. I didn’t necessarily cheat, but rather, I didn’t reinforce or punish myself enough. If I had been more involved in the project, these reinforcers and punishments would have been a big influence in the change of my behavior. I feel a little disappointed, as I could have seen additional progress if I held myself more responsible in the project. When I increased the number of journal entries, I felt more mindful and clear headed. The more I self reflected, the happier I was. The main barrier I encountered while trying to change my behavior was life itself. Some days I was just too busy to even think about writing. I had a feeling this would be an issue, just because I knew being a student and having a social life could conflict with alone time itself. Some days if I was really stressed out, I would knowingly cut out at least a little personal time to basically rejuvenate, and gather my thoughts in my journal. This helped me to begin or finish the day. Since this was more of a personal, independent behavior I didn’t need help from my family and friends. If anything hanging out with my friends and family was all I needed to start journaling and express my thoughts of the

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