LOL ... Reverse psychology .. Kinda similar to the way the the world-wide protests against 2003 war with Iraq actually provoked Bush into going out and doing it his way sooner than he might have ... This principle can be stated as a simple matter of dog training: point out what you don't want -- and he will do it. As often as one says "I am against war," he is actually sending out to the listener and the cosmic vibes the concept of war. He wants to provide as little attention and energy to what seems to be a problem and as much attention and energy to what seems to offer resolution. One tries not to be 'against' things but rather 'for' an alternative.
Quote from: french kiss on August 18, 2006, 06:23:08 AMThis principle can be stated as a simple matter of dog training: point out what you don't want -- and he will do it. Ivan Petrovich Pavlov conducted some experiments like this I've read. Pavlov's description on how animals (and humans) can be trained to respond in a certain way to a particular stimulus drew tremendous interest from the time he first presented his results. His work paved the way for a new, more objective method of studying behavior. So-called Pavlovian training has been used in many fields, with anti-phobia treatment as but one example. An important principle in conditioned learning is that an established conditioned response (salivating in the case of the dogs) decreases in intensity if the conditioned stimulus (bell) is repeatedly presented without the unconditioned stimulus (food). This process is called extinction.In order to treat phobias evoked by certain environmental situations, such as heights or crowds, this phenomenon can be used. The patient is first taught a muscle relaxation technique. Then he or she is told , over a period of days, to imagine the fear-producing situation while trying to inhibit the anxiety by relaxation. At the end of the series, the strongest anxiety-provoking situation may be brought to mind without anxiety. This process is called systematic desensitization.Conditioning forms the basis of much of learned human behavior. Nowadays, this knowledge has also been exploited by commercial advertising. An effective commercial should be able to manipulate the response to a stimulus (like seeing a product's name) which initially does not provoke any feeling. The objective is to train people to make the "false" connection between positive emotions (e.g. happiness or feeling attractive) and the particular brand of consumer goods being advertised.
This principle can be stated as a simple matter of dog training: point out what you don't want -- and he will do it.
Skinner had the "wonderful" idea to bring up his daughter in a Skinner Box. How anyone could admire this man is beyond me. His book, "Walden Two," is a utopian presentation of how he imagined the application of his theories would work out in real life. Of course, they never have worked out in real life despite his assertions and beliefs. In "Beyond Freedom and Dignity," Skinner put forth the notion that Man had no indwelling personality, nor will, intention, self-determinism or personal responsibility, and that modern concepts of freedom and dignity have to fall away so Man could be intelligently controlled to behave as he should. Despite the fact of the degree of implied human degradation involved, the question always remained just who would decide what Man should be, how he should act, and who would control the controllers? In a traditional behavioral approach, Skinner followed in the footsteps of Pavlov and Watson. This view postulates that the subject matter of human psychology is only the behavior of the human being. Behaviorism claims that consciousness is neither a definite nor a usable concept. The behaviorist holds, further, that belief in the existence of consciousness goes back to the ancient days of superstition and magic and is useless.
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