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Self-Leadership Applied to Personal Problems

Probably the most extensive application of systematic, self-regulatory strategies has occurred in the field of psychology.[1] More specifically, major strides have been made in developing the ability of individuals to deal more effectively with their own problems. Specific difficulties that have been addressed are too numerous to discuss fully here. Instead, a brief comment will be made on a sampling of self-leadership applications to personal problems. It is useful to look at these examples first because much of the idea development that is included in this book can ultimately be traced to psychology-based applications to personal problems.

Consider the challenge of controlling eating behavior when confronted with an overweight problem. Various strategies have been applied, many with impressive success, to deal with this difficulty. One original approach, for example, involved various cueing strategies. The logic employed was that many dysfunctional eating behaviors stem from personal exposure to dysfunctional cues in our environment. Because cues such as watching television, reading, and socializing often become associated with eating, one way of controlling eating is to control these cues. Thus, numerous individuals have benefited (lost substantial weight) by restricting their eating to only a limited number of infrequent situations (e.g., dinner time) and purposefully not eating in other situations that could potentially become a cue to future eating (watching television.)


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