Self-Control Skills for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

  • Marvin R. Goldfried


The concept of “self-control” initially appeared in the psychological literature in the early 1950s, when Skinner (1953) devoted an entire chapter to the topic in Science and Human Behavior. To a very large extent, Skinner’s conceptualization of self-control provided a general backdrop against which much of the work in the 1970s and the more contemporary work in the 1980s that has been carried out. In particular, Skinner made a very helpful distinction between the “controlling response” and the “controlled response”. The essential difference between the two is that individuals are able to emit a behavior or a pattern of behavior over which they have control — the controlling response — in order to change the probability of another, typically problematic behavior pattern over which they lack direct control — the controlled response.


Anxiety Disorder Social Anxiety Coping Skill Test Anxiety Cognitive Restructuring 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marvin R. Goldfried
    • 1
  1. 1.State University of New York at Stony BrookUSA

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