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

There Is No Real Therapy Without Assessment

Therapy is ongoing assessment and assessment is ongoing case formulation.

When Words Can Kill

The power of words can traumatize and ultimately lead to suicide, or they positively lead to healing. Here's how.

The Case for Not Giving Grades

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in How To Do Life
Furthering intrinsic motivation while reducing undue student stress.

Rethinking the College Mental Health Crisis

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on July 31, 2017 in Reset 24/7
Are college students really as “needy” as people say? Research shows that the word on the street is off-mark. Our narrow definitions of resilience can end up disrupting it.
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From the Cradle to the Grave, Looking Back

By Greg O'Brien on July 28, 2017 in On Pluto
“As I watched my wife of 66 years begin to deteriorate with dementia, it was the first serious trauma I had faced since losing my parents."

‘Atta-Boy’: Perfecting the Art of Praise

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on July 28, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
Meaningful feedback takes practice to provide—and occasionally even requires a bit of social risk.

How Are You Smart?

Critical thinking reveals more about multiple intelligences and offers new opportunities for success. You are generally smart in special areas. Must Read!

New Strategy and Overdue Resource to Combat Medical Errors

American employers must help eliminate medical errors, but how can we get them to do it?
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The Style of Innovation: Elon Musk vs. Nikola Tesla

By John Nosta on July 17, 2017 in The Digital Self
Big and bold might just be the type of thinking that can also kill innovation.

13 Easy Ways to Be Happy Every Day

Does happiness elude you? Well, it starts with your daily habits.

A Psychological Fourth of July

We can too easily forget that the purpose of self-government is to secure our own safety and happiness.

Behaviorism at Work

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 03, 2017 in How To Do Life
A “The Eminents” interview with Manuel Rodriguez

Testosterone on the Brain

A study found that testosterone boosts impulsive thinking. What's the deal?

Putting an End to Tantrums

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on June 28, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
Understanding the lifecycle of bad behavior. Displays of distemper may be distasteful – but there are ways to quiet them for good.
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Stop Making Me So Anxious!

Consider these five ways to move yourself away from the negative overtones and undertones and back to a centered, peaceful place.

Cute Puppies Can Make Your Relationship Happier

Can an unconventional intervention involving photos of your partner with a puppy help a relationship last?

Are You Hiding Behind Your Texts?

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Clear Communication
Could relying solely on texting with someone you're close with actually be driving you apart from them?

Here’s How Amazon’s Alexa Hooks You

By Nir Eyal on June 26, 2017 in Automatic You
Voice interfaces like Amazon's Alexa are very engaging. A four-step model explains the psychology behind what makes the technology so habit-forming.
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Looking out for Number One

Consider these steps if you are a giver and need to start taking more, that is, taking care of yourself!

52 Ways to Show I Love You—Protecting

Outer dangers, inner threats, and accidents invite a loved one to intervene, to show love through protecting.

When Fantasies Lead You Down the Wrong Path

By Amy Fries on June 09, 2017 in The Power of Daydreaming
If we don’t take a step back periodically and become conscious of the fantasies that fuel us, we can find ourselves ferociously marching down the wrong path.

When Distraction Is a Good Thing

By Nir Eyal on June 08, 2017 in Automatic You
Distractions are often seen as a bad thing, but that's not always the case. Here's how you can use distractions to your advantage.
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The Truth Behind Lie to Me

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Face It!
"Lie to Me," the hit Hollywood crime drama, was based on real deception detection.
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You Are Not Your Circumstances

Start treating yourself like you’d treat a good friend and separating who you are from what happens to you with these 4 steps

Negotiating with Your Teenager

Your child is not your enemy. You have to be willing to negotiate and prepare your own thoughts and reasons for why you say what you do and to share those reasons with your child.

Being Parents of a Perfectionist

Being parents of a perfectionist: For some parents it’s a dream, for others a nightmare. For the kids, it trends toward the latter.

Freedom

By Jennifer Verdolin Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in Wild Connections
What does freedom really mean?

Seven Successful Strategies from Safari

The benefits of copycat behavior
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A Genetic Revolution: No Two Neurons Alike

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 10, 2017 in Memory Medic
You are what you have been made by your genes and environment. But what you choose to think and do can change who you are.
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Dealing with Disappointment in Life

Everyone will be disappointed somehow in life. Try these four things to help prepare yourself.