Dec 22


The dictionary defines bias as prejudice meaning a strong inclination of the mind or a preconceived opinion about something or someone.

I recall a drawing in Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Two people can look directly at this picture.  And one person will see an old lady with a shawl around her.  The other person will see a young lady with a black choke collar around her neck.

Both observed and studied the same picture but came up with opposite views.  The human mind makes associations and the longer you live and experience life in general you’ll acquire predispositions or bias toward someone or something.

A mother’s love for her child will always be biased to defend their behaviors.  When you wish for an event to be true as you see it, when that happens you feel gratified.

But if you lose all objectivity for the truth your bias will remove you from making better decisions.  So you must separate the truth from your pre conceived belief system.

Evaluate in depth before you are persuaded to follow your bias.  Or worse, believe everything others including the media and the press tell you because they have bias also.

Compare and contrast history and records.  Whether for a person or government agency there is an historical record over time.  What are the true results?

My parents grew up in “The Great Depression.”  Neither had a college education.  They could not teach me how to make investments because they did not trust the stock market!  They knew nothing about diversity of a portfolio or stock averaging for the long term.

As children growing up we are micromanaged by our parent’s advice and unfortunately buy in to their bias’s. We accept those truths because we trust our parent’s advice.  Why not?  They have lived longer to know more history and results.

You cannot survive in the adult world with a 3rd grade education.

One function of school systems is to teach critical thinking skills, but that doesn’t seem to be happening.  High school students are required to take a civics, government or political science class and pass their state and federal constitution test.  To become a citizen of the United States you have to pass similar tests to understand how government works.  The fact anyone who immigrated here and has lived in the U.S. for several years does not automatically entitle citizenship and voting privileges.

But as we know now, many students think this is a waste of their time because the teachers don’t place enough emphasis on the importance of this knowledge to help make better decisions with regard to those who govern them.  They take our freedoms for granted because they have nothing to compare what loss of freedom or safety is like.

Certainly parents don’t discipline their children as they used to with spankings a generation or two ago because now that is not politically correct.  But without personal discipline to study – letting information and knowledge in one ear and out the other and not be retained – is it any wonder why millennials think the way they do?

We are in the midst of another heated Presidential race.  The platforms of both major parties are very different.  But instead of focusing on the real issues that affect all Americans, the media grabs the mud-slinging insults for their story to sell more newspapers or get more ratings.

That effect means more viewers and advertisements to pay for the salaries of the reporters.  Without critical thinking skills and a recall of history and records of results to find the truth and make a better decision as to who will best lead America, the race becomes a crap shoot.  Which candidate looks nicest or promises the most without any regard to how it can be provided or funded.  Just tell people what they want to hear.

The more you do for others the less they learn to do for themselves. Necessity is still the mother of invention.  But listen to the promises of both candidates and choose which one you think will realistically deliver the most.

With bias you can color the world the way you want to see it.  But unfortunately promises are never kept or measured up.  Idealism may be hopeful, but pragmatically there is reality.  History does repeat itself and frankly the direction we are going reminds me of a Biblical verse: “And the meek shall inherit the earth.”

The middle class and all the “have not meek” need more than hope and false promises.  They need jobs, retraining, and a work ethic to take advantage of opportunities there are in abundance.  People have to make better decisions about their future instead of focusing on only one part of the big picture that offends or affects them most.

But why work for anything when a government will give you means for nothing on your part?  That prostitutes the American culture.  No one owes you anything.  A free and public education stops at age 16.  What you choose to do after that will affect you for the rest of your life.  Hold yourself accountable and stop blaming others, and as a responsible parent teach your children a work ethic so they will value their efforts.

Learn how your hard work leads to personal achievements and pleasurable experiences and stop rationalizing all your failures to get what you want.

Nov 04

We The People

We The People

            I decided to write this blog to help you understand how to apply four points that affect the kinds of decisions you make.  Decisions often have unintended consequences because you don’t foresee the “big picture.”

Yet you will still rationalize your decisions to get what you want.  (Pt.#2) You want to control your life and that may require the micromanagement of others.  (Pt.#4) Or worse you think you are helping people by giving them what they want like free or reduced healthcare or college tuition, but you haven’t taught them how to obtain anything through their own efforts. (Pt.#3)

What others will quickly see in your decisions is your preference for pleasure over pain often at their expense. (Pt.#1) You get richer while they get poorer because you are using them.

Zero sum decisions are like contests.  For every winner you have to have a loser.  Politically, the truth no longer matters.  It is all about winning at all costs.  Countries become more divisive and downplay the real truth and issues in order to win.  Winning is not about what is good for “We The People.”

In this current political contest for President of the United States, there are two main parties.  Neither resembles what their party has stood for over the years.  Hardcore believers are willing to forget mounting evidence against either candidate.  The truth no longer matters because winning is all that matters. (Pt.#2)

America’s founding fathers were mostly rich landowners and businessmen.  They wanted to serve all the people’s interests by ensuring equal opportunity.  They never hinted anything to be an entitlement that the government owed you anything simply because you were a citizen, and certainly nothing if you entered the country illegally.

Their interests were not in being a career politician to micromanage you the people.  They wanted equal protection for all and created the Constitution to ensure that.  But I seriously doubt they thought that the masses of people or you were stupid and unable to manage your affairs or have wisdom to see the truth.  Yet that has been the trend with career politicians.

We are currently locked in a brutal clash of political parties on ideology and pragmatic issues.  Ethics have been thrown out the window.  Real truth has taken a back door exit that will have future unintended consequences when you lose faith and trust in your government.

Ideologically you have been indoctrinated to be helpless without government help.  And those dwindling numbers of you that have figured out to help yourself, you are taxed more and more to punish you.  You lose your motivation to succeed and help others locally whom you know really need your help.

History has shown that most political promises are never delivered, but you as a voter are swayed none-the-less because of Pt.#3.  You will not see or care who pays for what you want.  You have been conditioned to get others like parents to give you what you want instead of learning how to get a work ethic to achieve your rewards.  In that kind of culture, you will not be motivated to work hard to help pay more taxes.

Today nearly every American believes the government has taken much from them in taxes, regulations, and freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution.  You believe the government owes you free stuff to compensate for your losses.  You learn to play the “blame game.”

It’s everyone else’s fault why you cannot succeed.  You forget personal accountability. (Pt.#4) You have succumbed to “learned helplessness.”  If you pay more in taxes taking away some of your reward for hard work you are upset with those who are unwilling to work hard to help themselves. You get upset with politicians who promise and give away your hard-earned tax dollars to those who are capable of working at something.

You prefer to be independent when have a job that pays a decent wage to pay for your needs.  But if you are unemployed, you have no idea how or are unwilling to retrain yourself for what employers need with changes in technology.

College students continue to take courses in career paths that have little chance of employment after graduation.  They are also unwilling to work as interns for free to gain valuable experience, but will find a party instead. (Pt.1)

My mother had a phrase for all this.  She said to me, “Don’t walk by a water fountain, and then complain of your thirst.”  My coach used to tell us that if the other guy is more talented you outwork them to win.

Using these four points, what are you willing to think about to make a better decision choosing the next President of the United States?  Will you neglect the truth put forth by Wiki Leaks that shows over time a consistent socio pathological liar?

Or, will you believe the labels and unproven accusations and innuendo to deny the intent of the candidate to try to put the country back on the right track to world leadership and help bring back jobs to all Americans?

Nov 03



          We the American people are about to choose a new leader.  As typical of any close contest with a lot at stake for the future there are false accusations and mudslinging labels applied to portray either candidate as good or bad for the country.

Using the four points from my banner above, I want you to take a closer look at two labels that surfaced early in the campaign process.  A sociopath can be defined in two ways:  extremely antisocial and/or no conscience.  Tanya Peterson in listed these seven descriptive points:

  1. Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors, as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest.
  2. Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure.
  3. Impulsivity or failure to plan-ahead.
  4. Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults.
  5. Reckless disregard for safety of self or others.
  6. Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations.
  7. Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another.”

A misogynist is a personal behavior reflecting or exhibiting hatred, dislike, mistrust, or mistreatment of women as defined by most dictionaries.

Whom do you want to choose to lead America the next four years?  Consider the indiscretions of the prior presidents of both parties?  There are patterns of behavior.  Who has been and is currently consistent with either definition?

Sex relates to pleasure over pain. (Pt.#1) Is it just boastful talk or proven fact?  Anyone can accuse another, but a court system is the only way to get to the truth.  Was it consentual?  How recent were the offense(s) and do they show a continued pattern of behavior?

When I was a child my parents instilled in me the values for telling the truth.  If you make a mistake admit to it and move on and don’t repeat that behavior.  They added, “because when you lie you’ll for forget what you lied about and then create a bigger lie to cover what you lied about.”  Do you see this pattern of behavior in either candidate?

Never in our history has a political candidate been under so much scrutiny for improprieties that could lead to indictment and criminal prosecution!  If a political party in power manipulates the “system” of justice, they can encourage the president appointed DOJ or Department of Justice to not allow critical subpoenas an FBI probe can use to investigate their case.

In an earlier blog “Quid Pro Quo”, I wrote, “does anyone really believe someone with a political position of power can charge $600,000 for a one-hour talk and the group or persons who hired them do not expect something in return?”

As the Secretary of State was the illegal server set up by design to cover up overt communications between donors to the Clinton Foundation in preparation for a presidential run?  How could the Clinton’s leave office heavily in debt perhaps caused by overspending on a failed 2008 presidential campaign?  And in a short eight years be worth millions holding the office of United States Secretary of State traveling extensively without good foreign policy results at the tax payers expense during Obama’s first term?

Currently both the illegal emails and The Clinton Foundation are under investigation by the FBI.  Reports are being leaked daily by Wiki Leaks and perhaps FBI personnel that they feel they are getting no cooperation from the DOJ.  The corruption of government is very deep and all with the design to maintain political power!

Going back to mudslinging.  Instead of talking about the issues that show clear past results like the Affordable Care Act, safety and security and immigration, bringing jobs back to employ more people who can pay taxes instead of taking handouts, or trade imbalances caused by poor negotiations that have long-term consequences for all Americans, the personal attacks keep on coming.

Now it’s time to separate fact from fiction.  Who do you want to lead America?  Use the four points I use in The Behaviorist View banner to make your decision.  Who will continue with their behavioral history to the most future detriment to the American people?  I can’t imagine how adding more trillions of dollars to the National Debt will help anyone’s bank account and quality of life – rich or poor.

Oct 07


Religious Extremism

All throughout history there have been religious extremists who have committed heinous and inhuman acts intent on controlling humanity.  Their purpose is to create terror in the hearts and minds of those who would oppose their idealistic views.

As a behaviorist I am often in conflict with religion and its ideals.  What is the intent of religious extremism?  Is it to earn a ticket into eternal life?  Is it to make others idealize their way of life?  What is the quality of life?  What is the value of freedom?

One can’t simply look at cause and effect because this narrows one’s view to get the bigger picture.  But I can interpret events based on my four points – 2 psychological principles and 2 behavioral rules.

When you look up into the clear night sky what do you see, heavens or a bunch of stars?  Do you see galaxies with billions of stars in each of them?  Do you realize that our little solar system powered by our sun is only a small star?

First we live, and then we die.  Does your life and how you have lived make a difference to those left behind?  Do you enhance the quality of life or hurt others keeping them from their quality of life?

If you are a religious extremist, why do you care if I go to heaven or hell?  Hell, we’re all dead in give or take a hundred years.  Poof there ends your concern.  I’m going to be dead anyway.

Do you muffled and silence other’s voices and opinions trying to kill the value of freedom; freedom of the press, and human rights?

Besides the value of freedom what about human rights?  Would you stand idly by watching a terrorist kill your neighbor or brother?  What about women getting the right to their freedom, to vote, and make decisions in all cultures and societies?

I get that no one country can be the policeman to enforce these kinds of values on anyone or any culture.  That is for those who subscribe to that culture to make choices for their own welfare or live by the consequences.

These behaviors violate my two psychological principles: #1 “Anyone will go for pleasure and avoid pain,” and #2 “Anyone can rationalize their behavior to get what they want.”

No action will be taken until enough pain is inflicted and the motives to achieve pleasure in basic quality of life needs are peacefully restored.  And it’s easy to understand how radicals rationalize their message (in the name of their God) to get what they want.  But how many God’s are there?

In human behavior what we cannot understand like the spirit or the afterlife that a God must be created that has ultimate control over us.  It’s as if what happens to us is manifest destiny and we have no control over our own behaviors.  People will always rationalize their behaviors to suit their personal needs at the time with no concern for the long or short term effects of their decisions.

You are who you are because you choose to be who you are.  When bad things happen to you or others don’t subscribe to your ideology you can’t blame them for your bad behaviors, or lack or response.

These practices violate my behavioral rules #1 – “The more you do for people the less then learn to do for themselves,” and #2 – “You cannot build accountability in a micromanagement system.”

Live and Let Die.  If you screw up be prepared to suffer the consequences or forever hold your peace. You cannot be your brother’s keeper any more than you can get the humanity of the world to forego their culture and have one standard of human rights, freedom, religion, language, or even currency.

That kind of change must come from within the embodiment of the people and for the people who subscribe to that ideology and culture and cannot and should not be forced upon anyone any more than letting a terrorist or a political party dictate their values and ideology upon us (you).

So stand up for what you believe, but please don’t kill anybody if they disagree with your opinion or views.  Focus more on improving the quality of your own life and those around you instead.

Oct 07


Quid Pro Quo

            At first you wouldn’t think that this phrase would have anything to do with making a better decision.  Then read Webster’s dictionary definition:   something that is given to you or done for you in return for something you have given to or done for someone else.

Any half-wit low intelligent fool must believe that when a person – perhaps a political person – gives a speech and is paid $400,000-600,000 that the buyer is expecting something more than the words in the speech in return for their investment.

I know several highly paid and very effective speakers who are paid very well because of their celebrity, knowledge, and skills as experts.  People in the audience want to identify with and maybe get their picture taken with them to use in their publicity.

But highly paid speakers are very few and those very best ones are not paid nearly as much as Hillary or Bill Clinton for their hour talk.  Tony Robbins is highly paid and he delivers a positive message to huge audiences.

Les Brown has spoken to full stadiums packed with 75,000 people of all kinds.

Do you believe the small audiences of wall street businesses are getting more pleasure than pain listening to and identifying with Hillary or Bill Clinton?  What have they promised in return for their presence?  We may never know until much later.

Yes, there are people who support and rationalize this behavior to get what they want, but there is no accountability or transparency to what is promised in return for such a hefty fee.  There is no oversight or micromanagement to attest to the assumed favor.

As an American I’m tired of the false promises and lies without transparency.  How much are we being sold out to whom?  As taxpayers we get stuck with the bill – always – while those making the promises using our dime seem to get richer.

Perhaps we all should try to form our own tax exempt foundation and pocket the proceeds if people are dumb enough to believe all their funds are being used for charity support.  If in doubt, check the reported payroll of the top executives of any charitable foundation, and learn what actual percentage of your contribution goes to help.

I just learned that Chelsea Clinton, Hillary and Bill’s daughter gets a $950,000 annual salary? Surprise!!  What does she do for that?  Maybe we’re in the wrong business and need to find a way to advantage ourselves beyond what is reality in the U.S. for all the rest of us hard working folk.

Oct 07




If you live in the United States, the President is the Commander-In-Chief over all the military.  During President O’bama’s term more top brass have either been fired or resigned than any other previous President.

To be a strong leader requires followers.  So many have not been willing to follow the policies set forth by this President.  Great leaders consult with their subordinates to gather their opinion on matters they are more closely aligned and familiar with by their training and experience.

This notion would apply to any leader whether over military personnel or a sales team for a corporation.  Leaders must produce successful responses or they no longer have the respect of their subordinates.  This appears to be the case with so many firings and resignations that have weakened our overall military leadership.

Leadership is about winning.  War is war and collateral damage is unavoidable.  President Truman ordered atomic bombs be dropped on Japan.  The result saved several hundred thousand lives.  But the collateral damage was severe and more than that.

President Kennedy risked war with Russia to remove missiles they were setting up in Cuba that were an immediate threat to our security in the early 1960’s.  He was a former military officer who understood the risks for making that decision.

This blog is all about how to make better decisions based on four points seen at the top of every post.

Without first hand military experience it’s hard to understand how a Commander-In-Chief can lead without regard to his commanders with the knowledge and expertise in the field of battle.  They lead and command men and women who risk their lives to defend our freedoms which apparently now so many young millennials take for granted.

My strong suggestion to the media who may read this is to do a poll of the top brass military commanders who have been fired or resigned and ask them who they think should be the Commander-In-Chief since it comes up periodically as a topic.

Who of the two choices for our next President, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, would these leaders feel most comfortable being the Commander-In-Chief?  I’d like to know the percentages.  Good leaders are hard to come by.  It takes years of training and experience to make the best decisions under duress when at war to preserve our freedoms.

Who would consult with them and have their back so they could get the materials and support to do their jobs quickly and save more lives?

You cannot improve accountability in a micromanagement system as O’bama has tried to do.  He cannot do their job for them.  And he cannot rationalize his decisions not to act.

So I ask the media to create a simple poll to ask the military leaders anonymously who they would want to be their Commander-In-Chief?  And for all Americans and visitors to the United States, what do you see as most important?  Your loss of freedoms?  Your loss of security to live without fear of being attacked on the streets?  Or your loss of economic prosperity?

Oct 07



            Last time I checked our country, the United States of America, is run by business.  Most business are small to medium sized companies.  They employ the most people and not big business like General Electric or Hewlett-Packard as you may think.

It makes sense that to know how to create jobs in that area you’d have to know how to run a business and make a profit.

GDP is our Gross Domestic Product figure.  It represents what we actually produce and consume or export.

We averted an economic collapse when several big banks and insurance companies made huge business blunders taking advantage of loopholes in regulations.  The result was to over regulate and make it hard for small to medium sized businesses to get started and make a profit.

It only makes sense that a business is making a profit because of the quality of their product that consumers want that they’d want to reinvest and grow their company.  With that growth more people are hired to make and ship the products.

All those new hires pay taxes that in turn support the government.  But then why make it so hard for any business to grow?

Research the GDP over the last 10-30 years and you’ll get a better picture how regulations affect business growth and sustainability to hire more workers.

Research how companies cannot find enough qualified workers to do the jobs they are posting.  Where are the changes to American public education run by the government bureaucracy?  Maybe it is better to let education be managed by local control or by the States.

The media reports the last time an American President was elected with a business background was Harry Truman 1948-1952.  So for the past 64 years we’ve elected politicians with little or no business experience.  And where are we now?

Maybe it’s time we elected a business man with proven results to get our country rolling again.  Someone who is a hands-on owner who gets buildings built under budget and ahead of deadlines. To be that successful you have to listen to your employees and contractors.

Or if you are the Commander-In-Chief you listen to your Generals.  I have a Ph.D. but also know intelligence is specific.  We are all not Mensa candidates.  A long time ago I learned that part of being smart is to know what you are dumb at.

You have to know how to negotiate when it’s your money and not the American taxpayer’s footing the bill for all the mismanagement and mistakes of Congressmen who never have to atone for their errors but still keep their jobs.  Some fools even get re-elected after selling us down the river!  And people stupidly put money in their re-election tin cup which after they quit running they get to keep. Oh sure, they pay a tax on that, but wouldn’t you like to retire with $15,000,000?

We certainly can’t do any worse than what we’ve had for the past 64 years!

Yes, it is time for a change from the same old ways with poor outcomes.  Let’s look at who gets the most proven successful results!  Who would you want to negotiate for you?  Clinton or Trump?

Aug 04

Subtle Plan How Muslims Want to Infiltrate

Subtle Plan: How Muslims Want to Infiltrate


I have several friends who get confidential information from a variety of sources.  One sent me this message a few years ago about how Muslim males will immigrate to other countries.

They will use their charms to find young women who want and need to be loved so they will drop their defenses.  Then get these vulnerable young women to marry them and proceed to convert them to their faith.

It’s gets better.  A normal family today will maybe have two to three children.  But the Muslim man will want to produce as many children as possible and raise them as Muslims.

You can imagine how over a short time of only a few generations this will affect the balance of religions in any region.  Conflicts have to ensue when you have so many different religious views – even within the same religion.

Now analyze what has just happened in 2014-2016 in the Middle East with the exodus from Syria of so many able bodied young males.  Eastern and Western Europe have been flooded.

Horrific conflicts have ensued.  Many innocent people have been killed.  And there appears to be no let-up in sight.

Muslims have no desire to change their culture to be absorbed by and live in another culture with different laws.  They will want to practice what is familiar and customary to them as would any immigrant.

Muslim women do not have the same rights as the men.  They appear to be more like property than to allow opinions and ideas to flow forth.  They have to dress head to toe, cannot drive a car, and are more like a slave to the man’s wishes.  They don’t have a vote.  If they disagree Sharia Laws dismantle those kinds of thoughts.

For obvious reasons point # 1 for the males to go for pleasure and avoid pain will not help them conform to new laws when their cultural hormones are out of control.

Point # 2 they will rationalize anything to get what they want.  Those true beliefs are hard to corral in any society much less one that must absorb so many immigrants at one time.  With no control over how they are vetted to be productive members of the society where they choose to live, that becomes very risky and a huge burden on that economy.

Point # 3 the more you do for those who could help themselves while very humane also breeds dependency and economic ruin so that those who really need help suffer more.  Necessity is still the mother of invention.

Point # 4 you cannot build accountability in a micromanagement system.  New immigrants are only going to follow the laws they are familiar with.  And since most of the countries that have allowed massive immigration are now frustrated with the disdain for law and order.  Most notably Sweden went to deport nearly 40% of the refugees that went there.  Turkey finally had to close off its borders to all refugees.

But recall that most European countries and the U.S. were founded on Judeo-Christian Laws and values that many Muslims have no familiarity with or care to live by.  Therein lies the conflicts that will continue in horrific forms.  Lack of knowledge is one thing, but lack of respect is another.

Perhaps as the Prime Ministers of Canada and Australia wrote a few years ago.  I will paraphrase. “If you have dual citizenship and want to practice Sharia Law, then you should go live in a country that practices Sharia Law.”

Aug 01


Peace or Conflict?


For the past two years I have listened to news reports of the growth of religious Muslim radicals.  As a behaviorist I try to see both sides of issues to apply my four points to help others make better short and long term decisions.

On the peace side I see millions of Muslims here in the U.S. and all over the world integrating themselves into other cultures.  To live in a foreign country, you must agree to abide by their laws and customs.  That is how peace and order are maintained.

On the radical side, I see growing groups who interpret the Koran very differently.  They are represented by percentages of the total Muslim population, and that small percentage of radicals is still a very high number.

And where are they all going to infiltrate and spread their radical message through fear and intimidation?  How is that culture populating the world to their views?

What is the Koran and what does it say in literal terms for radicals to interpret and fuel their cause?  That if you are not a Muslim you are to be killed?  If you are a Muslim and advocate for peace among all faiths, you are an Infidel and must also be killed?

Must you practice Sharia Law?  Or must you live by the laws of the country where you want to live in peace?  Forget the communal living within a country.  You are still bound by the laws of that country.

There have been many religious wars.  This concept is not new.  But the application of my four points is new to make better decisions.  Point #2 “Anyone can rationalize anything to get what they want.”  And point #3 “You can’t build accountability in a micromanagement system.”

If the world of nations is aggravated by the senseless attacks against innocent people, then they must more strongly encourage Muslim members to make changes or suffer harm such as being denied immigration.  Or live in peace without being harassed.

Here is what I don’t understand.  If the majority of Muslims want to live in peace why don’t they assemble all the Koran scholars, Emons, and Clerics they can to a conference and rewrite the Koran to bring it up to peace-loving modern times?

King James of England brought scholars together and they rewrote the Bible so it could be properly read in English.  That new version of the Bible was published in 1611 and is used by most all Christian faiths today.

Heinous atrocities committed in the name of God with the promise of eternal life?   That is a bad omen that could be rewritten.

Why not follow what the Buddhist Monk said centuries ago, “If you can’t help people, certainly don’t harm them.”

History tells us that when enough pain has been inflicted people want it to stop.  Then they take drastic measures.  Point #1, “You go for pleasure and avoid pain.”

The resultant blood bath will harm more innocent people but unfortunately the root cause will still remain to resurface in another form if it is not rewritten and followed by future generations of peace-loving Muslims.

Aug 05

How Behaviorists Are Different From Psychologists

the_thinker_90The most prominent behaviorist was B.F. Skinner.  In simple terms, he explained that the brain is like a black box.  The difficulty is in what the mind is thinking.

BF Skinner Black Box

Information in the form of sensory cues and learned strategies go in as input. Observed behaviors or performance comes out as output.  Using the body’s senses, a learner can be conditioned to observe their output to compare to that of a top performer, a perfected model, or their own immediate past performance to see if they are improving.  A feedback loop from output back to the input allows the learner to make adjustments to their next input by changing the sensory cue to focus on.  When the correct cues and strategies yield the correct performance output, the learner has been conditioned to have improved responses to the modified stimulus cues.  The diagram below shows how a conditioned response is made.

Diagram S-R CR

A psychologist is trained to go back through your performance history to learn where your mind created the inappropriate responses to stimulus cues you were subjected to at that time in your life.  You may or may not have had any control over the kinds of stimulus cues or your environment.  Through question and answer counseling sessions, the psychologist tries to analyze and pinpoint stimulus events that altered your behaviors.

The psychologist tries to open the black box and the behaviorist does not to only focus on input and output. Psychologists are clinically trained and licensed to practice asking you probing and sometimes painful questions to help you understand your difficulties today in order to move your life forward in a positive manner.

Behaviorists like coaches, teachers, parents, and managers make observations to compare current with past performance and want to see an improved change in your behavior to produce a better positive performance outcome.  It is wise to copy what top performers do and also try to understand their thinking process to improve personal performance outcomes.

Today there are very few theoretical behaviorists.  The last prominent educational behaviorist was Robert Gagné, a professor, who died several years ago in his 90’s, and was best known for helping instruct military personnel using his Nine Events of Instruction model.

In the coming days and weeks, I will explain how the violation of behavioral rules has led to failures in everything from government policy, economic strategy, and welfare and education reform to current events making the daily news.

Human behavior is what it is.  When you learn how to apply irrefutable psychological principles and behavioral rules prior to the decisions and actions you take, you can increase your odds for short and long term success.