Taking a behavioral approach to weight loss allows users to love food again.No Weigh
Taking a behavioral approach to weight loss allows users to love food again. It also provides a new perspective on the eating behaviors that are maintaining the situation the user is wanting to change. Consider this – behavior is a tool. Like a wrench or a spoon or a mop – behavior is how we get what we need. Like all tools, a single tool may be used to accomplish more than one task (did you ever use a pencil to open a taped package?). Also true of tools – the same task may be accomplished using different tools (a key works too, or box cutter if you are feeling fancy).
In behavior analysis, the purpose of a behavior is referred to as its function. For example, the behavior of saying “Hello” functions to initiate an interaction. There are other ways to accomplish the same function, like a head nod, or a wave, or gesturing for a high five.
The functions of a behavior will change based on the context. That is, any single behavior may have multiple functions. Consider a sarcastic comment. In some contexts these are very funny. In other contexts, a sarcastic comment will function to engage another person in an argument. A sarcastic comment can also be used to break the ice when there is an awkward social context. You might say that someone uses sarcasm to accomplish different outcomes in various social contexts.
Behavior analysis knows how to cut through it. There is no list of reasons why we do what we do, just the simple relationship between the response and its outcome.
How is your behavior providing a desired outcome in your current context?
There are two general ways how your context is motivating you to use a particular behavior.
Each option here is applied to phone use for the example.
To Obtain Something
To Escape/Avoid Something
Yes. Eating is a single behavior with many contexts that will determine its purpose. Likewise, the contexts in which eating behavior occurs also have other response options. Once the various contexts for eating behavior are recognized, the pattern may be effectively changed using the strategies of behavior analysis.
The contextual analysis of behaviors that promote weight loss takes a deeper dive in the No Weigh App content called The Hows.
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