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

Please Yell at Me

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in Towards Recovery
Have you ever found yourself uncontrollably yelling?

What Gifts Do the Sexes Buy for Each Other? It Depends!

What types of gifts to men and women give each other? Well, it depends on who is doing the giving!
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Letting Go of Regrets

Have regrets? Take these 5 steps to stop looking back and get your eyes back on the road to focus on where you're going.
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United Airlines and the Short Fuse of Social Media

By John Nosta on April 11, 2017 in The Digital Self
The temptation to throw companies and people off the cliff is a real problem.
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The Quest to Become Great

If you are on a quest to greatness, it’s first necessary to consider what you are aiming for and how you define success once you get to the position of “great”!

Encouraging Young Children to Participate in School

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on April 07, 2017 in Once Upon a Child
Class participation is more than just a check-off box on the progress form.

How to Build a Rewarding Romantic Relationship

How can you make your love life more affectionate and satisfying? Research says that a bit of positive reinforcement and reward can help. Find out how.

How To Talk With Your Kids About President Trump's Behavior

No matter where you stand on politics and policy, behavior is behavior, and talking to kids about poor behavior is never easy. Here are some tips on how to start.

Late by Four Days?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on March 29, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
How to not be kept waiting. When the desire for instant gratification meets perpetual procrastination, what’s to be done?

I Did Not Raise a Narcissist

Will the most powerful man in the world have a negative impact on today's men?

Why We Care Whether the Earth Is Flat

Much of life is Jeopardy, not Family Feud. We want to know the actual state of affairs, not what the survey says.

The Life Lessons of Children

Adults who can recognize children as teachers can learn some life skills that might improve their own life experience.

Does it Pay to Incentivize Cancer Prevention?

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
Financial incentives for health behavior change capitalize on the insight that human behavior is influenced by its consequences.

Helping Young Children Understand and Build Friendships

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on March 13, 2017 in Once Upon a Child
Play, from early in our lives, creates the vocabulary of friendship.

The Psychology of Hate

Who you hate says a lot about you.
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Dealing With a Difficult Boss

Take charge of your situation and develop successful skills on mastering working for a difficult boss that may help you reach the next level within the organization.

Anger: A Misunderstood Feeling

If curiosity, or interest, is the most under-appreciated feeling, anger may be the most misunderstood.

The Erosion of Civility

By Anna Akbari Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Startup Your Life
Have you been berated by a stranger? Do you snap when things don't go your way? Here's why restoring civility to everyday life is crucial for mental sanity and social functioning.

Could Thinking Positively Be Dangerous Right Now?

Have you started opening the newspapers each day with a sense of dread and disbelief about that latest actions of President Trump and his administration?
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Staying Centered and Calm in an Anxiety-Ridden World

Try these calming techniques to become more powerful when it seems that anxiety has you in its grip and you can’t release yourself.

Living With/out Fear: The Power of Being a Rational Optimist

By Jason Powers M.D. on February 10, 2017 in Beyond Abstinence
Living a passionate life, devoid of fear.
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How to Achieve Your Goals by Creating an Enemy

By Nir Eyal on February 09, 2017 in Automatic You
If used correctly, scapegoating can be a powerful tool for resisting temptation and sticking to hard goals.

How Habits Become Your Destiny

About 40 percent of your daily behavior is based on habits. Learn to master those habits to master your life.
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Why Soft Skills Mean Hard Results in Business

Have you ever learned how to roll with the punches or get along with others? It’s never too late to learn new tricks. Here are 5 steps you can take to sharpen your soft skills.

Is Self-Doubt Holding You Back?

When it comes to your work, are you sitting on a great idea? How can you develop the confidence to be truly innovative at work?

Will We All Just Get Used to Trump?

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Although many believe that public resistance to Trump will increase over time, basic psychological principles predict otherwise.

Is Neuroscience the Future or the End of Psychology?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in Talking Apes
Neuroscience has become the dominant paradigm in psychology. Some think it will even replace psychology altogether.

The Curious Human

Interest is crucial to our learning, exploratory activities, and creativity. But what happens when this feeling of interest or curiosity is squashed…
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How Psychoanalysis and Behaviorism Helped Create Advertising

By Allen J Frances M.D. on January 09, 2017 in Saving Normal
How America became a "shop until you drop" culture.
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I Just Want to Wake Up on January 3rd

Check out these 5 tips for survival through ACTing mindfully over Christmas and the holidays.