Changing Habits

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I have been a smoker for 15 years on and off and believe it or not; I am embarrassed of this unhealthy bad habit. Knowing this is an unhealthy habit and being embarrassed of smoking is still not enough to get me to quit. The times that I have quit smoking, something in my life caused me to start up again. The causes were my mother having a heart attack, grandfather passed away, stress of losing a job, and not having a job. I’m not a heavy smoker, I usually smoke maybe a quarter or half a pack a day, so you would think that it would be easy for me to quit. I know the reason I can’t quit is the fear of having something bad happening to my family. I believe using the principles of operant conditioning I will be able to create a plan to finally put an end to my smoking. The first step is to identify the habit, which is smoking. I need to understand when I decide to light that cigarette, and why I decided to light it. I know that I always have that first cigarette in the morning when I put my dog outside, but I never smoke a full cigarette. The other places I smoke are in my vehicle, after a meal, before and after a shower, before bed time, in the middle of the night if I have had a nightmare that seemed real, and after an argument with my family. Now that I have an identified when I smoke, the next step is to understand why I decided to have that cigarette during those times and why. What are my moods, am I tired, bored, stressed, what am I feeling at these times? With this information I will be able to provide myself with a baseline against which I can measure future changes. The next step would be to distinguish what type of reward or punishment I will give myself for not smoking. Do I want to use a positive reinforcement or a negative punishment? If I was able to have strong will power and quit smoking as I speak now, I…...

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