6 Types of Learned Behavior and Why Some Are So Hard to Change
Learned behavior can be difficult to change. There are many different types of learned behavior, each with its own unique set of challenges. Some of the most common types of learned behavior include:
1. Habit formation: Habits are a type of learned behavior that is easy to form and hard to break. They are routines that we repeat without thinking, often without realizing that we are doing it. Habits can be positive such as taking medication every day or they can be negative such as smoking cigarettes.
2. Conditioning: Conditioning is a process by which we learn to associate a particular stimulus (such as a sound, smell, or sight) with a particular response (such as feeling scared or excited). We learn to do this through repetition.
3. Extinction: Extinction is a process by which we stop responding to a particular stimulus. We stop responding because we have learned that the stimulus no longer has any meaning or significance. This can be difficult to do as we often associate the stimulus with the response in our mind.
4. Transfer: Transfer is the process by which we learn to apply what we have learned in one situation to another situation. This is often difficult to do as the situations may be quite different.
5. Generalization: Generalization is the process by which we learn to apply what we have learned to all situations, even those that are different from the original situation.
6. Retraining: Retraining is the process by which we learn to change the way we respond to a particular stimulus. We often need to do this in order to modify our habits or conditioning.