The A-B-C Model of Behavior
adapted from Albert Ellis, Ph.D.
A – Antecedent
What lets you know it is time to do the behavior
B – Behavior
What you do
this is usually seen as what is the problem and needs to be changed. However, it is actually this entire relationship that needs to be changed to eliminate the unwanted behavior
C – Consequence
The result of your behavior; usually cause the “antecedent” to be “solved”
This “reinforces” you to do the behavior next time
to change the behavior, you must find a better behavior that still addresses the antecedent of the unwanted behavior and still provides the same or better resolution of the antecedent (the consequence).