“If we are to survive as a species we should begin at once to restructure our social environment … so that it acts to produce people who have the behavioral equipment necessary for us all to survive”. (Day, 1976, p. 535.)
The four commonly understood functions of behavior are sensory stimulation, escape, access to attention and access to tangibles.
Lo and behold, the animal, who really wants that functional reinforcer, starts doing the behaviors that pay off… the safer behaviors… and stops doing the behavior that doesn’t pay off any more.
I don’t know if you need to know that information, but when I think of that weekend, I think about wearing that scarf.
The constructional approach to behavior change involves creating situations in which a learner (human or non-human) can get what it needs and wants in exchange for doing behaviors that work better for them and their families than what they’re doing now.
Feel your fear. Feel your anger. Feel your grief. Feel your love. Feel your confusion.
Just don’t kill black people. Stop killing people of color.
My goal with Constructional Aggression Treatment is to show the dog that I understand their concerns and I’m going to make sure I get their needs met. It’s not very sensitive of me to try to feed my friend when he is frightened. First I need to lead him to safety.