Middle Boy came to me tonight wanting to know the definition of dysfunctional.  He was working on his therapy homework and he was to write down his understanding of his own dysfunctional behavioral cycle.

Wow...that's pretty tough for someone who has difficulty with accountability and has NO IDEA why he does things.  Obviously the point of therapy, but I found it interesting.

I decided to google dysfunctional behavior cycle.  Pretty interesting.

Here is it...

Triggering Event - Feeling/Emotional Response - Thought/Cognitive Response - Behavior - Outcome/Consequence - Triggering Event

In some cases the thought/cognitive response is eliminated.

I didn't see what Middle Boy finally came up with for his cycle.

I can't belive how much I have learned through this experience as a foster parent. 

Praises for learning and the ability to learn.
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