Dissuading Psychological  Hindrances

Exploring the theory of change as part of initial response to the issue of insufficient income

According to Dr. Edward-T Moises' theory of homelessness eradication, "successfully transforming the mindset of the homeless or at-risk homelessness, or low-income recipients from the unbalanced mindset to a balanced mindset may suggest elements of a positive outcome to the issue of insufficient income."

Psychologically, we are talking about the doctrine of behavioral modification which is a therapeutic approach designed to change a particular undesirable negative behavior. Some subjects may be familiar with the system of positive or negative consequences, and be aware of the correct set of responses for any given stimulus; however since their mindsets are unbalanced due to the environment in which they are living in, or due to their status of homelessness, in most cases, their mindsets function under the unbalanced mode. Dr. Moises sustains that by exploring the elements of the theory of change associated with psychological hindrance factors, and self-efficacy factors, we may be able to transform the mindset of the recipients homeless, or at-risk homelessness or low-income from the unbalanced mindset to a balanced mindset. Balancing mindset is the first step toward eliminating psychological hindrances and thus, first step toward removing elements that block one to engage in the process of self-efficacy.

 

How can we do that? We can do that by designing an individualized plan of behavior modifications. In most cases, the program starts with a series of interpersonal skills development. The goal is to guide the recipient reaches the point where she/he will be able to discover her/his self "I", in order words "self-cognizance."  The recipient will be introduced or reminded about the role of personality traits in a personal development setting. We'll be working on the following traits: optimism, creativity, self-cognizance, self-control, emotional awareness, sociability, courage, belief in God, compansion, and the ability to exercise unconditional love towards fellow human beings.

The recipient will also be trained on methodologies and strategies for making positive changes. Methods are based on the application of the theory of change, and the principles of behavioral modifications.

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