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1. The application of learning techniques such as conditioning, biofeedback, reinforcement, or aversion therapy in order to change a person's behavior.
2. See behavior therapy.
behavior modifier n.
the direct changing of unwanted behavior by means of biofeedback or conditioning.
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|Noun||1.||behavior modification - psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behavior|
psychotherapy - the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means
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