The B. F. Skinner Foundation http://www.bfskinner.org Better behavioral science for a more humane world Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:01:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 107713756 About Behaviorism, Chapter 12: The Question of Control, Quote 5 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/22/about-behaviorism-chapter-12-the-question-of-control-quote-5/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/22/about-behaviorism-chapter-12-the-question-of-control-quote-5/#respond Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:01:22 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10587 “We cannot choose a way of life in which there is no control. We can only change the controlling conditions.” (p. 209)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 12: The Question of Control, Quote 4 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/21/about-behaviorism-chapter-12-the-question-of-control-quote-4/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/21/about-behaviorism-chapter-12-the-question-of-control-quote-4/#respond Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:22:18 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10585 “A person acts upon the environment, and what he achieves is essential to his survival and the survival of the species. Science and technology are merely manifestations of this essential feature of human behavior.” (208-209)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 12: The Question of Control, Quote 3 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/18/about-behaviorism-chapter-12-the-question-of-control-quote-3/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/18/about-behaviorism-chapter-12-the-question-of-control-quote-3/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:19:46 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10583 “We often overlook the fact that human behavior is also a form of control. That an organism should act to control the world around it is as characteristic of life as breathing or reproduction.” (p. 208)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 12: The Question of Control, Quote 2 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/17/about-behaviorism-chapter-12-the-question-of-control-quote-2/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/17/about-behaviorism-chapter-12-the-question-of-control-quote-2/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:16:23 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10581 “We cannot prove, of course, that human behavior as a whole is fully determined, but the proposition becomes more plausible as facts accumulate, and I believe that a point has been reached at which its implications must be seriously considered” (p. 208)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 12: The Question of Control, Quote 1 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/16/about-behaviorism-chapter-12-the-question-of-control-quote-1/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/16/about-behaviorism-chapter-12-the-question-of-control-quote-1/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:37:36 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10573 “A scientific analysis of behavior must, I believe, assume that a person’s behavior is controlled by his genetic and environmental histories rather than by the person himself as an initiating, creative agent; but no part of the behavioristic position has raised more violent objections.” (p. 208)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 27 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/15/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-27/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/15/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-27/#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:35:19 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10571 “What is needed,” says Carl Rogers, “is a new concept of therapy as offering help, not control.” But these are not alternatives. One can help a person by arranging an environment which exerts control, and if I am right, one cannot help a person without doing so.” (pp. 204-205)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 26 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/14/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-26/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/14/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-26/#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:33:23 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10569 “When a problem calling for therapy is due to a shortage of social or intimately personal reinforcers, a solution may be difficult . . . Simulated attention, approval, or affection will eventually cause more problems than it solves, and even the deliberate use of deserved attention cheapens the coinage.” (p. 204)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 25 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/11/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-25/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/11/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-25/#respond Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:11:44 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10567 “The metaphor of growth begins in the “kindergarten” and continues into “higher” education, diverting attention from the contingencies responsible for changes in the students’ behavior.” (pp. 203-204)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 24 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/10/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-24/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/10/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-24/#respond Thu, 10 Aug 2017 05:10:38 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10565 “[Teaching] is a field in which the goal seems to be obviously a matter of changing minds, attitudes, feelings, motives, and so on, and the Establishment is therefore particularly resistant to change. Yet, the point of education can be stated in behavioral terms: a teacher arranges contingencies under which the student acquires behavior which will be useful to him under other contingencies later on.” (pp. 202-203)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 23 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/09/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-23/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/09/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-23/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 05:26:21 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10563 “One person changes the behavior of another by changing the world in which he lives. In doing so, he no doubt changes what the other person feels or introspectively observes.” (p. 199)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 22 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/08/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-22/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/08/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-22/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:08:24 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10561 “The Greek gods were said to change behavior by giving men and women mental states, such as pride, mental confusion, or courage, but no one has been successful in doing so since.” (p. 199)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 21 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/07/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-21/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/07/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-21/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 05:21:43 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10559 “One person manages another in the sense in which he manages himself. He does not do so by changing feelings or states of mind.” (p. 199)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 20 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/04/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-20/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/04/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-20/#respond Fri, 04 Aug 2017 05:18:53 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10555 “As in other sciences, we often lack the information necessary for prediction and control and must be satisfied with interpretation, but our interpretations will have the support of the prediction and control which have been possible under other conditions.” (p. 194)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 19 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/03/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-19/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/03/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-19/#respond Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:13:28 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10551 “. . . our knowledge of another person is limited by accessibility, not by the nature of the facts. We cannot know all there is to know, as we cannot know all we should like to know about the worlds of physics and biology, but that does not mean that what remains unknown is of a different nature.” (p. 194)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 18 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/02/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-18/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/02/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-18/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 14:11:00 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10549 “The meaning of an expression is different for speaker and listener; the meaning for the speaker must be sought in the circumstances under which he emits the verbal response and for the listener in the response he makes to a verbal stimulus.” (p.191)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 17 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/01/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-17/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/08/01/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-17/#respond Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:03:05 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10540 “. . . one person does not make direct contact with the inside of another, and so-called knowledge of another is often simply an ability to predict what he will do.” (p.189)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 16 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/07/31/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-16/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/07/31/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-16/#respond Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:11:46 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10537 “Those who seek to know themselves through an exploration of their feelings often claim an exclusive kind of knowledge . . . But it may be argued as well that only those who understand an experimental analysis and its use in interpreting human behavior can understand themselves in a scientific or technological sense.” (p. 189)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 15 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/07/28/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-15/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/07/28/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-15/#respond Fri, 28 Jul 2017 05:09:43 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10536 “The experimental analysis of behavior, together with a special self-descriptive vocabulary derived from it, has made it possible to apply to oneself much of what has been learned about the behavior of others, including other species.” (p. 188)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 14 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/07/27/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-14/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/07/27/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-14/#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:47:43 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10534 “We should not be surprised that the more we know about the behavior of others, the better we understand ourselves. It was a practical interest in the behavior of “the other one” which led to this new kind of self-knowledge.” (p. 188)

 

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About Behaviorism, Chapter 11: The Self and Others, Quote 13 http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/07/26/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-13/ http://www.bfskinner.org/2017/07/26/about-behaviorism-chapter-11-the-self-and-others-quote-13/#respond Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:34:51 +0000 http://www.bfskinner.org/?p=10532 “It is . . . important to examine the reasons for one’s own behavior as carefully as possible because they are essential . . . to good self-management.” (p. 188)

 

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