Friday, June 18, 2021

Avoidance Learning and Social Anxiety

     Avoidance learning are learned coping strategies that attempt to prevent exposure to a situation or stimulus that evokes fear. Since the negative feeling of fear is removed when the situation is avoided, avoidance becomes a reinforcing reward (MentalHealth.net). Due to the reinforcement of this behavior being the absence of punishment, avoidance learning is an interesting topic in psychology. An example of avoidance learning is avoiding a yard where there is a barking dog. The avoidance behavior of avoiding a barking dog is stronger in individuals who have been bit by a dog before (Psychology.jrank.org).

    Excessive avoidance may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. For example, an individual with social anxiety is likely to avoid large social situations as a coping strategy. Since the avoidance of a social situation takes away their symptoms of anxiety, avoidance is reinforced as their preferred coping method (MentalHelp.net). Additionally, if an individual with social anxiety was experiencing a panic attack in a social situation, leaving the social situation would greatly reduce their symptoms soon after.

https://psychology.jrank.org/pages/61/Avoidance-Learning.html#:~:text=An%20example%20of%20avoidance%20learning,been%20attacked%20by%20a%20dog

https://www.mentalhelp.net/anxiety/operant-conditioning-and-avoidance-learning/ 


4 comments:

  1. Hey Amy! Great Post!

    I think it is interesting how we can do this aviodance behavior and sometimes not even realize this is what we are doing. I love the graphic you added in, it is a great visual on how we avoid certain things!

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  2. Also, This is Hailey Hinton for some reason its posted as unknown.

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  3. Amy,
    Awesome post, thanks for all the links and the graphic.

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  4. Hi Amy, I enjoyed looking through the articles attached and applying it to my life and my social anxiety.

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