Reread your essay from that assignment. In this assignment you will assess the acquisition and maintenance of your habit using the following four psychological perspectives:
You will be expected to describe why you developed this habit, what purpose having this habit serves in your life, and how you will break this habit – according to each perspective. You will need to use at least 3 concepts from each perspective to support your answer.
Here’s an example of an answer for this assignment. Please note that this example is not fully developed; it is intended to provide you with an overall direction for this assignment.
Nervous laughter in inappropriate times
Why this habit developed and how is it reinforced:
Behavioral (from LP4 Assignment): behavior was positively reinforced with gaining attention from the mother whenever nervous laughter was displayed.
Humanistic: esteem needs are not being met, feeling insignificant around other people, attempt to fulfill belonging needs
Psychodynamic: unconscious need for attention, superego’s reaction when uncomfortable with conversation, defense mechanism
Neuroscience: family trait (heritability), mother and sister exhibit same behavior
Cognitive: interpret nervous laughter as exhibiting happy/fun personality traits instead of annoying, interpret the attention gained from nervous laughter as showing acceptance with others
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