Officer as a Counselor in Eliminating Self-Defeating Behavior,
WASHINGTON STATE UNIV PULLMAN
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The purpose of this article is to present effective principles for behavior change. These principles, when taught in the suggested sequence, can be applied by a person to change a self-defeating aspect of hisher life. The officer in the counselor role who knows these principles can use them in developing understanding of a persons the helpees behavior as well as providing himher the helpee a process for bringing about change. In effect, this paper presents several tools useful to the officer as a counselor. These tools are presented for the laymans application. Chamberlain 5 has applied these principles successfully in a home study program for Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors ESDB. Self-defeating behavior SDB is defined as any recurring thought, feeling, or action that in some way prevents the doer from being a fully functioning person. There are many defeating behavior patterns ranging from deviant, aggressive sexual behavior and other forms of violence to feelings of timidity and shyness. These behaviors are exhibited in and out of the work environment and are often assessed as hindering work performance or hampering accomplishment of the mission.