PUBLIC DISPLAY OF GOOD BEHAVIOR BY ATHLETES

The antitheses (oppositions / reversals) to Sports Violence are:

• Public Display of Good Character by Athletes and the entire Athletic Community
• Publicity of Good Character by Athletes and the entire Athletic Community
• Behavioral Modification of Bad Behaviors

The antitheses, not just from the Public Display of Religiousness alone by individuals like Tim Tebow, but by everyone in the Athletic Community, are crucial to curb this current Sport Violence Movement.

So a Bad Behavior discussion and Bad Behavioral Modification are in order.

Sport “Culture” appears unconcerned about the difference in right and wrong and is so corrupt and amoral, that the people persecute Athlete Believers and their outward testimony and act-out other dangerous Behaviors.

Nonetheless, though few, descent well behaved Athletes persist and are influential among Pro Athletes. Public Display of Football Athlete Tim Tebow’s faith is a significant part of his identity. It has a positive influence on both children and adults.

Tebow was found the most influential Athlete in a recent Forbes Poll, despite his lack of on field success. Many have chided and bullied his on and off field exemplary Behavior.
[Forbes Poll: Tim Tebow Is Most Influential Athlete Of 2013 Despite Lack Of On-Field Success, AP, 5/6/2013, Huffington Post Sports]

Habits, wants and routines of behavior are repeated regularly and occur subconsciously.[1][2][3]

“A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience.” [American Journal of Psychology] [4]

Persons do not ordinarily self-analyze themselves, so they don’t notice their own habitual behavior. They don’t regularly double check self-examination.

Habitual Behavior is a simple form of learning, after a period of exposure to a stimulus. Habits are sometimes compulsory.[3][5]

The process by which new behaviours become automatic is habit formation. But the good news is that it is possible to form new habits through repetition.[7]

There are many ways to remove bad behaviors once they have become established. Withdrawal of reinforcers—identifying and removing the factors which trigger the habit and encourage its persistence is important.[22]

As you get older, it becomes more difficult to remove bad behavior because the many repetitions have helped with the building of the habit. [24]
[Wikipedia]

Sadness and anger emotions, dependency, skill and abilities are manifest in behaviors. Skills influence actions in many ways.

One’s “thoughts, goals, plans, self-instructions, values, expectations, self-concept, personality, self-deceptions, unawareness, and unconscious factors influence behavior.”

“Learning refers to any change in behavior that results from experience (Hergenhahn, 1982).”

Our genes and “human nature” influence human actions, “but most of our behavior, in contrast to other animals, has been learned from experience.”

“This is true of our unwanted behavior too. So, if bad habits have been learned, they could be unlearned.”

“Likewise, becoming a better person, more thoughtful of others or more skillful, involves new learning (new behavior, new thinking, new values, or new motivation).”

Introductory Psychology describes three common kinds of learning:
1. operant conditioning
2. classical conditioning
3. and complex social learning

In instrumental or operant learning we attempt to use our past experience to produce some result, usually some change in the environment. “Example: You act nice to get someone to like you.”

Classical learning usually produces an automatic reflexive response, often an emotion, to a specific situation. “Example: Cigarettes come to taste good and calm you down after you have smoked thousands in relaxed circumstances.”

Observational or social modeling learning is when” we learn ways of behaving by observing someone else, such as how to approach someone in a bar or how to get our way by getting angry.”

(1) “Changing your “environment,” including your expectations and plans, can encourage good habits and discourage bad ones.
(2) “Observing your actions will often change them. Disrupting the old unwanted habits and substituting and practicing new desired responses will help.
(3)” Rewarding the desired actions, thoughts, or feelings immediately, while ignoring or punishing the unwanted behavior, are sometimes useful methods.”

“For a clear understanding of behavior, we need to separate
(a) the process of learning new behavior from
(b) the condition of becoming energized or motivated to act out something you already know how to do, i.e. learning differs from performance (or motivation).”

“Sometimes we must learn a new response in order to cope. Much of the time we know how to do the desired behavior, e.g. study, stop eating, attend to our spouse, clean the bathroom, control our anger, etc., but the problem is getting ourselves motivated enough to do it.”

“The only new learning we may need in these cases is more understanding of how to increase our motivation or determination.

“However, one will need to learn new self- modification skills as well as acquiring some means of increasing your drive towards your goal, for instance avoiding temptations, persevering for long-range goals, resisting emotional reactions and so on.

We must comprehend the causes of our behaviors to understand ourselves. This uncommon knowledge needs to be made common.

(1) Payoffs for a behavior may be unrealized, e.g. shyness is reinforced by avoiding social stress; payoffs may be quite delayed, e.g. a career yields rewards years later; or payoffs may be something we find hard to believe we want, e.g. to be sick or to fail.

Also, the effectiveness of a specific reward depends on the context, e.g. a bribe of $10.00 is very different in a very poor family than it is in an environment offering many rewards.

Certainly, the payoffs for the same behavior, say drinking, may subtly change over the years or occur only occasionally (called partial reinforcement).

(2) Reliance on or over-emphasis on extrinsic rewards (instead of intrinsic enjoyment of the activity itself) may be harmful in some situations, e.g. the good student who comes to say, “I only study because I get $50 for every A” or more commonly, “I’m only studying so I can get into college.”

(3) Our behavior may suddenly change when we realize there is an
alternative way to react or when we recognize long-range consequences hidden to us before.

(4) Underlying emotions, which we only vaguely recognize, may be the major factors producing our behavior, such as when anxiety causes us to overeat or to be compulsive. Awareness of these kinds of facts about learning can help you gain self-control.

You must have the ability and power to change yourself and your mindsets or nothing will change around you.

[Psychological Self-Help by Dr. Clayton E. Tucker-Ladd, 1996, ISBN 1-890873-00-4]

I’m calling for more total Behavioral Modification and Public displays of Athlete Safety 1st, decency and moral behavior (not just Public Display of Religiousness), by everyone in the Athletic Community, to curb this current Sport Violence Movement.

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