behavior modification

Definitions of behavior modification
  1. noun
    psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behavior
    synonyms: behavior therapy
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    assertiveness training
    a method of psychotherapy that reinforces you for stating negative and positive feelings directly
    aversion therapy
    any technique of behavior modification that uses unpleasant stimuli in a controlled fashion to alter behavior in a therapeutic way; primarily used for alcoholism or drug abuse (but with little success)
    desensitisation procedure, desensitisation technique, desensitization procedure, desensitization technique, systematic desensitisation, systematic desensitization
    a technique used in behavior therapy to treat phobias and other behavior problems involving anxiety; client is exposed to the threatening situation under relaxed conditions until the anxiety reaction is extinguished
    flooding, implosion therapy
    a technique used in behavior therapy; client is flooded with experiences of a particular kind until becoming either averse to them or numbed to them
    reciprocal inhibition, reciprocal-inhibition therapy
    a method of behavior therapy based on the inhibition of one response by the occurrence of another response that is mutually incompatible with it; a relaxation response might be conditioned to a stimulus that previously evoked anxiety
    token economy
    a form of behavior therapy that has been used in some mental institutions; patients are rewarded with tokens for appropriate behavior and the tokens may be cashed in for valued rewards
    exposure therapy
    a form of behavior therapy in which a survivor confronts feelings or phobias or anxieties about a traumatic event and relives it in the therapy situation
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    psychotherapy
    the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means
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