Behavior is described in a number of ways. In fact, the definition of behavior is at times contradictory and many psychologists believe that there are really no true meanings to behaviors. Some refer to it as the intrapersonal domain of behavior, where we look at how behaviors affect the self or other people. They also refer to it as the interpersonal domain of behavior, which includes behavior that occurs between individuals, but is not directed at anyone. Finally, they might consider it to be an intrapersonal domain, but one that affects the self, and so on.
Let’s see what each of these three functions mean when we use the example of a child having anger problems. First off, anger is an emotion. Anger at someone or something is an emotion, therefore, behavior is appropriate behavior. Secondly, if anger gets the best of a child in a way that it causes harm, such as hitting another person, then the behavior is maladaptive behavior. Finally, if a child continues to behave in a way that is considered to be maladaptive, this is called self-injurious behavior.
If a teacher asks you if you want to sit in a group of 4 peers in a group of 2, you will more than likely reply no. Why? Because it would be uncomfortable for you and because of the fear of being ridiculed by your peers. Now if the teacher asked you if you wanted to take part in an activity where you would have to sit in a group of 2 and you had decided to do this, that would be considered acceptable behavior.
If you are using a form of behavior modification, like positive reinforcement, you are using the 3 functions of behavior in order to teach appropriate behaviors. By doing this, you reinforce positive behavior and discourage inappropriate behavior. This is accomplished by reinforcing the good behavior while discouraging the inappropriate behavior. In this way, you are using the 3 functions of behavior in order to teach appropriate behaviors.
What if the teacher asked you if you wanted to stand on a chair so that you could try out a shoe several times. You could not say no because that would encourage inappropriate behavior. Therefore, you must get involved in the activities that promote appropriate behavior. When you get involved, you can begin to use the 3 functions of behavior in order to teach appropriate behavior. You could teach appropriate behavior by encouraging other students to stand on chairs or to take the shoe apart. However, you could also help your child stand on a chair so that he could try out the shoe himself.
So, when you go to the playground, you should tell the child that you want him or her to put the shoe on. Tell them that the shoe will only last until they put it on. The more he or she knows that there is only one chance to try the shoe on, the more likely they will be to behave. After all, the more behaviors you can encourage from a child the more likely you are to help a child find joy in using their creativity and their imagination.
Functions of Behavior Part 1
In this article we will discuss the first lesson in this series, what are the functions of behavior. The second lesson will involve learning how to assess the function of an action. This will help you understand what your beliefs are and how they relate to the actions that you take. In this lesson we will look at the third lesson in this series, which is the fourth lesson in the series, what is the motivation.
In this lesson we will continue to explore the functions of behavior by looking at what functions of behavior are associated with positive reinforcement and what functions of behavior are associated with negative reinforcement. The first function associated with positive reinforcement is getting your child’s attention. In this lesson we will also continue to explore the functions of behavior by looking at what functions of behavior are associated with giving rewards and what functions of behavior are associated with consequences.
As mentioned in the introduction to the series this article will cover the first two lessons of this series, what are the functions of behavior and how can you use the information that you learn to create positive changes in your life. In the next lesson we will continue to explore what functions of behavior are associated with attention, what functions of behavior are associated with getting your kids attention and what functions of behavior are associated with consequences.
Finally, as part of this series we will look at the functions of behavior that are associated with getting your kids to pay attention to you, creating, maintaining, and maintaining successful relationships. In the next part of this series we will continue to explore the functions of behavior that are associated with attention, what functions of behavior are associated with giving your child your attention, creating, maintaining, and maintaining successful relationships. As you continue to read and to research this topic, you will learn many new functions of behavior that you can and should incorporate into your life.