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).