What Is Behaviorism?

Behaviorism seeks to identify observable, measurable laws that could explain all of human behavior. Although psychology now pays more attention to the inner landscape of emotions and thought, behaviorism has had a durable influence on everything from animal training to parenting techniques to the bonuses financial managers receive.

Recent posts on Behaviorism

Benefits to Unleashing Your Inner 5 Year Old

By Bernardo Tirado, PMP on July 30, 2016 in Digital Leaders
Unleash your inner 5-year-old.


By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
A series about the ethical standards of different fictional biographies and factual biographies of famous psychologists and scientists.The first is on John Watson & Rosalie Rayner

Free-Range Psychology

Just as the heath care field is moving towards personalized medicine, free-range psychology is well positioned to be the wave of the future.

Substance Abuse Counseling and an Arm Implant: A Good Match?

Is an arm implant for substance abuse really a good shot in the arm for substance abuse counseling? What counselors should know.

Misdiagnosis of a Behavioral Addiction

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on July 12, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Many people with behavioral addictions have been told that they have a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Identifying Alcohol or Drug Abuse in the Work Place

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on July 06, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Substance abuse (alcohol, prescription drugs and illicit drugs) at work is a serious issue with negative consequences for employers and co-workers alike.

Managing Emotions: Mindfulness, Impulsivity, and Goldilocks

Mindfulness is an affordable substitute for the real thing.

Can Any Behavior Be Addictive?

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on July 05, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
The answer is probably “yes,” depending on the person.

Choose in Favor of Happy

Is it possible to just live happy? Stop moping and complaining, and start reaping the benefits of being happy with these 8 steps. Choose to be happy!

Lessons From the Past

During the Stanford Prison Experiment I unwittingly became my own research "subject.” But the SPE drove me to extensively pursue the question: Why do good people do evil things?

What Is a Behavioral Addiction?

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on June 27, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Ingesting drugs and alcohol may produce short-term rewards that then result in a lack of control over the behavior.

When to Fake It Till You Make It (and When You Shouldn't)

Faking it until you make it is an effective skill—unless you make this mistake.

A Little Paranoia Might be Just What You Need

By Donna Barstow on June 24, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
A classic article explored the value of "prudent paranoia".

Book Review: The Marshmallow Test

"The Marshmallow Test," named for the famous experiment testing children's ability to delay gratification by having them wait fifteen minutes before eating a marshmallow.

Emotions: What Are They?

The most important trait of a therapist is the ability to take strong emotions in stride.

Exploring Feelings

We are born with specific innate feelings, which combine with each other and life experiences to form our complex emotional world.
Nick Tasler

Can You Conquer Adversity in 10 Minutes?

By Nick Tasler on June 15, 2016 in Strategic Thinking
Exciting new research shows how a surprisingly simple 10-minute intervention can help us boost grades, lose weight, quit smoking, improve marriages, and conquer stress. Seriously.

The Case for Justice Over Mercy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 15, 2016 in How To Do Life
Forgiveness is often a short-term feel-good, a long-term mistake.

How Your Risky Behavior Affects Others

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on June 14, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Behavioral addictions impair function, can have legal and financial repercussions, and can lead to mental health issues such as depression and thoughts of suicide

Lessons About Gendered Behaviors from Mountain Gorillas

A population of Mountain Gorillas recently underwent a complete upheaval in the most central aspects of their gender-based social structures. If they can do it, so can we.

Free Will Is Not an Illusion

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 10, 2016 in Memory Medic
Many neuroscientists and philosophers say you are a biological robot. Don't believe them.

Risky Behavior

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on June 07, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
At some point in our lives, we all engage in behaviors that are risky or unwise— behaviors that, deep down, we know are not rational.

Having a Reaction to Reactions

Patients often say they have "reactions" to medications that don't translate into what doctors mean by "allergy."

Journaling to Recovery, Made Simple

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on June 01, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Journaling: a highly effective method of addiction recovery that takes two minutes or less every day

Neuroscience Pinpoints How the Brain Makes and Breaks Habits

In a groundbreaking new study, neuroscientists have pinpointed the brain mechanisms that drive habit formation.

Is There a Bit of Donald Trump in Each of Us?

Does any part of Trump´s fiery, often inappropriate rhetoric express what you were thinking? Playing the Human Card, candidates connect better with common ground than background.

Warming to the Sensual Touch: The Science of Foreplay

How individual notions of reward can change over time. The art of foreplay lies in knowing when and how much – and can lead to deeply meaningful relationships.

How to Nurture Your Clients' Growth and Success

Want your clients to "believe" they can grow beyond their past? A few baby steps can make a big difference.

15-Min Online Training Sessions That Could Be Life Changing

An easier, quicker and potentially more efficient way of changing behaviour could revolutionise therapy in years to come.