Personal Behavior Change

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The last stage is Termination. From the literature this stage is explained as the stage in which a person has completed the process of behavior change. This is an interesting behavior stage because it is said not to be “typical”. For example, if your behavior change was to give up drinking alcohol excessively. Do you ever stop being a recovering alcoholic? If your behavior change was to make a lifestyle change, to lose some weight. Do you ever stop being aware of what and how much you are eating? When I consider my personal behavior change project Spiritual Time. Do I ever stop reading, mediating, praying and answering questions to get a better understanding of myself and God? Per the book, Essentials in Health Behaviors, there are change …show more content…
In addition, the Pro- Change Behavior Systems website notes that there are behavioral processes involved in the TTM. They are listed as the following: Self-Liberation (make a commitment), Counter- conditioning (use substitutes), Helping Relationships (get support), and Reinforcement Management (use rewards), Stimulus Control (manage your environment). According to the University of Maryland Medical Center website the qualities like faith, hope, and forgiveness and the use of social support and prayer seem to have a noticeable effect on health and healing. The most commonly referenced article is the Duke University clinical study that used 4, 0000 elderly people. This clinical study found that those who attended religious services on a regular basis lived longer. In addition, another study published in the American Journal of Public Health studied 2,000 older Californians for five years and found that those who attended religious services were 36% less likely to die during that period than those who didn’t. Furthermore, the AAMC’s (Association of American Medical …show more content…
San Francisco General Hospital conducted a clinical study on the effects of prayer on 393 cardiac patients. Half were prayed for by strangers. The patients prayed for had fewer complications, needed less drug treatment and fewer cases of pneumonia. My journal entries as I progressed though this journey of behavior change to make “Spiritual time” became a task that I looked forward to completing. My analogy is like my exercise regimen to improve my physical health I have become somewhat “addicted”, or one would say it is therapeutic, so now too has the time to improve my spiritual health. While writing in my journal about the chapter called Adopted by God the question is asked “Do you know anyone who has been adopted or who has adopted a child? I do have friends and relatives that were adopted as children and know of persons who have adopted children. The workbook is trying to get us to relate the adoptions of persons we know to the adoption of ourselves to God’s family. In addition, the chapter called Free Indeed was the next direction of my journal entries. This chapter guided me to understand how God has freed us from sin. The freedom that I am to understand is

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