An Aversive Conditioning Model for Self-Control of Excessive Performance Standards
  • Patrick H. Doyle
  • John G. Bruhn


It is widely assumed that behavior problems arise in large measure from discrepancies between self-standards and actual performance. Hence a number of psychotherapies have as their focus the reduction of this discrepancy. However, the direct approach of using aversive conditioning to inhibit the excessive standards has been strangely absent from the literature. This paper discusses a specific type of covert sensitization as a means of reducing excessive performance standards and presents a case study illustrating its use.


Aversive Conditioning Undesirable Behavior Physical Disorder Conditioning Conceptualization Sixth Session 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick H. Doyle
    • 1
  • John G. Bruhn
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of HoustonClear Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.Community Affairs and Special ProgramsUniversity of Texas, Medical BranchGalvestonUSA

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