Using behavior chains to analyze a lapse You may ask what’s a behavior chain? A behavior chain is a way to look at lapses as a series of events, as opposed to only the consequence. It considers the things that happened before the behavior, the behavior and the consequence. The ABC’s. The idea is the “chain” can be analyzed and changed at any point (or link) in the chain. We call this the behavioral interruption.
What is a lapse? A lapse is a slip, mistake, error, or “temporary” misstep. What it’s not is a permanent pattern of behavior that is signaling the path to an unhealthy life. It’s not a reflection on a persons competence or will to make or maintain a lasting healthy life. For example, let’s say you intended to exercise today, but got called into a last minute staff meeting and it caused you to miss your exercise session. Is this a lapse? Probably not. Now let’s say you were stressed out from your meeting and had not missed your scheduled exercise time but rather went home and soothed your stress by…