AVERSION THERAPY

refers to a form of behavior therapy in which the client is conditioned to cease an undesirable behavior by associating it with noxious or unpleasant experiences. For example, the application of feces to a cigarette may the experience of smoking much less pleasant - eventually leading the behavior to cease. Also known as aversive therapy- deterrent therapy.

AVERSION THERAPY: "A person undergoing aversion therapy for nail biting may apply a horrid tasting liquid to the nails to make the biting so unpleasant that the behavior ceases."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "AVERSION THERAPY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/aversion-therapy/ (accessed July 17, 2019).
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