The Social Cognitive Theory By Bandura's Theory Of Behavior Change

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From eating healthier, losing weight, stopping cursing, or stopping procrastinating, most people have a list of behaviors they would like to change. Although many people can relate to this problem, few lack the motivation or discipline to actually change and fix their bad behaviors. Changing behaviors one uses everyday may appear to be easy, but it really is very hard to achieve. Many studies have been conducted analyzing how humans cope with changing their behaviors, and how they achieve their goals of changing. Models have been made to display and explain the stages of behavior change to try and help people make change easier. In order to fully change unwanted behaviors, one must acquire a strong mental discipline. To become …show more content…
“Bandura’s social Cognitive theory proposes that people are driven not by inner forces, but by external factors” (Theories of Behavior Change). The model shows that human behavior can be explained by analyzing the interaction between personal, environmental, and behavioral factors. Bandura also points out that people may not change their behavior if they aren’t rewarded for their …show more content…
If one counts relapse in as a part of the changing process instead of a failed attempt at change, the relapse will be easier to accept. “If you train yourself to view relapse as only one more stage in the process of change rather than as a failure, you 're much more likely to be able to quickly return to your desired behavior” (Lickerman). It is essential for one to recognize and accept relapse as a little slip in the process in order for them to continue their journey to behavior change. “According to a March 2010 APA poll conducted by Harris Interactive, fewer than one in five adults (16 percent) report being very successful at making health-related improvements” (American Psychological Association). When people experience relapses, they often get discouraged and end up giving up on the change process. This leaves a select few people determined enough to create the 16% of people who were successful of achieving their

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