Why do we do the things we do? This question is at the heart of the nature vs. nurture

Why do we do the things we do? This question is at the heart of the nature vs. nurture debate. Some behaviors stem from natural or biological origins, while others are learned (nurture). Still other behaviors are a combination of both. Most of the time, we don’t even think about the origins of our behavior; we just do them. So, for example, if someone is battling an addiction to smoking, is quitting just a matter of changing a behavior or does the biological aspect have to be addressed as well? How difficult can it be to change a potentially life-long habit like smoking? That is what this assignment is going to be all about.

Object: This assignment will help us understand how difficult it is to give up a particular behavior that we have learned over time.

What behavior?: All of us have a behavior that we do on a regular basis and we don’t even think about it. Examples of these behaviors could include swearing, smoking, Facebook, drinking, cell phones, eating chocolate, caffeine, drinking pop…the list goes on. Notice that not all of these things are necessarily bad for us, but they may have become learned behaviors that we feel we cannot do without.

Here is your task:
1) Determine the behavior that you would like to attempt “doing without” and then give up that behavior for 120 consecutive hours (5 days). This does not have to be a permanent behavioral change, but if it is a change that you would really like to make, this would be a good starting point.
2) Find a scholarly article related to the behavior you are going to “modify”. Refer to the article in writing your summary. Also, be sure to cite the article at the end of your summary paper (in APA format).
3) Keep a journal. Log how things are going every day as you go through this experience. Entries do not have to be lengthy, but make them detailed enough that will be of help when you write your summary. Type them out because they will be submitted to Blackboard along with your paper.
4) After the 5 days are up, write a 2-page summary of your experience. In your summary, address the following questions:
a. What behavior did you decide to give up?
b. Where did you learn this behavior?
c. Why did you choose this behavior?
d. How did you feel giving up this behavior? Did you notice any personal changes?
e. How did other people react to your change? Were they supportive, critical, or indifferent?
f. What was most difficult about giving this behavior?

Note: The summary paper should be double-spaced with 12 pt Times New Roman font and no longer than 2 pages. Also, remember that this is still a college-level paper, so grammar and spelling count