1: From Theory to Practical Application
2: Behavior Modification
3: Learned Helplessness
4: Limits of Behavioral Theory
the biggest strength of behaviorism and the
resulting social learning and social cognitive
theories are their ease of application to real world
examples. Information gathered for learning
theories such as these are often represented by
statistics and facts, rather than theoretical
concepts and ideas. Therefore, applying them
and measuring the outcome is much simpler.
have also found that the treatment approaches
developed from these theories is relatively simple
and quick to administer. Curing mental
illnesses that would have taken months or even years
with traditional psychoanalysis can now be
completed in weeks, or even days.
chapter discusses the benefits of learning theories
and behavioral psychology as well as the most commonly
applied treatment, behavior modification. It
ends with a short discussion regarding potential
short comings of the theory and the inevitable
criticism that is given every theory in psychology.