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The A-B-C's of Human Experience: An Integrative Model

The A-B-C's of Human Experience: An Integrative Model
Author: Wallace J. Kahn
ISBN 13: 9780534359812
ISBN 10: 534359817
Edition: 1
Publisher: Brooks Cole
Publication Date: 1998-10-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
List Price: $128.95

Humorously illustrated with personal, practical examples and tasteful cartoons, this text presents an integrated model for purposeful behavior change. Rather than present theories of counseling, Kahn uses the A (Antecedent)—B (Behavior)—C (Consequence) model to explain the theory and principles that form the foundation of many of the counseling and educational approaches employed today and demonstrates that operant behavior, emotion, physiology, neurology, cognition, social learning, and culture must all have a place in our understanding of the human experience. The author's A-B-C model offers a solid foundation for understanding the self and others.


In this psychological model from a social constructionist orientation, A stands for antecedent (external environment, stimulus), B is behavior (covert, overt respondent, and overt operant), and C equals consequences. Kahn (counselor education and child counseling; West Chester U., PA) offers his insights on how behavioral-cognitive problems and personal change occur. The title in CiP reads "...human behavior." Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.