Psych M.D.-Behavior Therapy

Term: Behavior Therapy
Definition (Myers): Therapy that applies learning principles to the elimination of unwanted behaviors.
Definition (alternative): Behavior therapy is a form of psychotherapy used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, phobias, and other forms of psychopathology. Its philosophical roots can be found in the school of behaviorism, which states that psychological matters can be studied scientifically by observing overt behavior, without discussing internal mental states. Without holding inner states as causal, Skinner's radical behaviorism accepted internal states as part of a causal chain of behavior, but continued to hold that the only way to improve the internal state was through environmental manipulation. *
Contextual explanation: For example David is psychologically disordered and wants to be cured. Behavior Therapy makes David learn the principles to eliminate unwanted behaviors thus he can change himself by taking this treatment (therapy).
Related terms and concepts:
-Exposure Therapies
-Cognitive Therapies
Related websites:
ABCT - Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Edited by: David

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