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What is Behavior therapy?

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Updated December 04, 2013

Definition:

A form of psychological treatment based on the premise that emotional problems are learned responses to the environment, and that these maladaptive behaviors can be unlearned. From the perspective of behavioral therapists, the reasons behind behaviors are not as important as the fact that the behaviors can be changed. Some examples of behavioral therapy techniques include systematic desensitization and operant conditioning.

Also Known As: Behavior modification

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