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

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.

5 Tips for Limiting Sugar During the Holidays

By Georgia Ede MD on December 21, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
New to the low-sugar lifestyle? Stay motivated and on course with these simple strategies.

It Really IS All About You

5 things you can do to turn your attention outward and give yourself and your gifts to others.

Canine Phobias

By Nicholas Dodman on December 19, 2016 in Dog Days
Can dogs have excessive and irrational fears? Sometimes there's nothing to fear itself -- even for a dog ....

Officials Who Break the Rules

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on December 14, 2016 in Face It!
Why officials who break the rules think they can get away with it.
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Tweet or Troll? Why Twitter Is Amazingly Addictive

By Judson Brewer, MD, Ph.D. on December 13, 2016 in The Craving Mind
Why do we tweet at 3 a.m.? A few hints from behavioral neuroscience may help us understand our Twitter addictions — and learn how to break them.

How to Stay Informed Without Losing Your Mind

By Nir Eyal on December 13, 2016 in Automatic You
Here's why I’ve decided to give up consuming online news and why I think you should consider doing the same. Here's how to stay informed...

What Do You Do When Someone “Steals” Your Amazing Idea?

By Nir Eyal on December 05, 2016 in Automatic You
People tend to believe ideas are rare things but if a useful insight pops into your head, it’s most likely in other people’s minds as well.

Social Anxiety: A Single-Session Cure

My patient never returned. Her father called four days later, delighted to report that I had “worked a miracle.” Yet I see what happened as a failure on my part.

The Way You Think About Willpower Is Hurting You

By Nir Eyal on November 22, 2016 in Automatic You
Psychological researchers have a name for this phenomenon: it’s called “ego depletion.”
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Can You Create Positive Changes From the Bottom Up?

Do you lack the authority to create the kind of positive changes you’d love to see in your workplace?

Does Mood Shift Depend on Cognition...or Behavior?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on October 27, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
Thinking versus doing: A new study indicates effects on mood control.
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The Role of Shame in the 2016 Elections

By Beverly Engel L.M.F.T. on October 07, 2016 in The Compassion Chronicles
Are both major-party candidates in this election driven by shame?
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3 Ways to Improve Your Creativity at Work

Do you feel under pressure to be more creative at work? If you’re nodding your head, you’re in good company.

A New Approach to Weight Loss

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 03, 2016 in Cravings
Accept the challenge and commit to learning new skills, new research says.

Does Gender Matter When It Comes to Addiction Recovery?

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on September 29, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Does gender matter when it comes to addiction treatment? Focusing on women's treatment needs help speed up recovery.

How to Keep Calm, Carry On, and Still Get Your Way

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on September 26, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
Diffusing negative energy before it goes rodeo. How behavioral psychology can help you get what you want even when tempers begin to flare.

Game Day: Trump v. Clinton—Why You Will Watch the Debate

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on September 25, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
Whatever you are doing at 9:00 pm tomorrow night, you might be tempted by the political Big Game. Research shows that out of concern or curiosity, you will likely take a peek.

Small Bits of Bravery to Accomplish Anything

By Susan Harrow on September 21, 2016 in The Body Blog
Bravery comes in many forms. What if you can do one brave act a day, no matter how small to build your bravery?