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(p. 49) Reducing Acquiring 

(p. 49) Reducing Acquiring
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(p. 49) Reducing Acquiring
Author(s):

Gail Steketee

and Randy O. Frost

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199334940.003.0005
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date: 14 November 2019

Chapter 5 focuses on reducing problematic acquiring behaviors and the factors that help maintain this. Forms provide some questions about acquiring to help with decision-making and developing a hierarchy for gradual practice with non-acquiring. Strategies include evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of acquiring particular objects, practice exercises, and finding alternative pleasurable activities that can replace enjoyment from acquiring. A review of problematic thinking patterns and use of the downward arrow method to understand fears about not acquiring are included. Two scales are used to clarify the difference between a real need versus a wish to acquire items. Homework assignments help consolidate this learning.

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