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

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

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.

Do People Decide What to Do?

If you don’t pay close attention, it can seem as if the football announcer is causing the players to do what they do.
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Tech Companies Are Addicting People. Should They Stop?

By Nir Eyal on May 05, 2017 in Automatic You
Do tech companies have a moral responsibility to stop addicting us?

Jaak Panksepp: Archaeologist of the Mind

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in Play in Mind
Panksepp believed that PLAY was the most complex of the positive emotions.

Why People Still “Feel Sorry” for Only Children

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in Singletons
How many only-child stereotypes can you name?

Bullies Beware: Rule Breaking Required

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on April 28, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
It is easy to be intimidated by bullies, but breaking a few social rules can turn would-be enemies into fast friends.

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 Men and Women Buy for Each Other?

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.