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Level 3: Scratching How do we change behaviour?

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If the antecedent of an undesirable behaviour is followed instead by a new behaviour that is incompatible with the old behaviour, the undesirable consequences of the old behaviour will be avoided. The new and desirable consequences then reinforce and establish the new

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Habit reversal is the name given to the technique that we will use to change your behaviour ...

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New behaviour

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Automatic movement towards the itching area

Squeeze your fist 30 seconds

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(b) Scratching

(b) Pinch or press a nail into the part that itches

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To begin with, practise the following several times daily:

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Squeeze your fists moderately hard for 30 seconds, while thinking hard about any pleasing activity or event.

2.

Relax a couple of seconds.

3.

Choose a place which often itches.

4.

Pinch or press a nail into the chosen spot for about 30 seconds.

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Atopic Skin Disease - A Manual For Practitioners  

An account of a new behavioural approach to the treatment of atopic eczema, written for practitioners, but also for patients

Atopic Skin Disease - A Manual For Practitioners  

An account of a new behavioural approach to the treatment of atopic eczema, written for practitioners, but also for patients