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Law of Effect Needs Moral Governance

January 18, 2018

Law of Effect Needs Moral Governance

There are many psychological principles that determine human behavior. They work together in complex ways and the behavioral outcomes of these interactions often appear to be both synergistic and exponential.

For example, being sexually abused twice, 1+1, may not equal a magnitude of disturbance in the victim of 2; it might equal a magnitude of disturbance of 5. Other unfortunate experiences frequently evolve from this person’s troubled behavior and is likely to produce a quickly accelerating rate of more troubled emotions and behaviors.

Of course principles of genetics and biology are of great importance. The interactions between these factors and psychological factors are bi-directional. Therefore, principles of psychology influence behavior and behavior is influenced by bio-genetic factors.

For example, a person born with the genetic factors that determine alcohol addiction will be more motivated to consume alcohol to excess , which in turn, can lead to more physical and psychological problems. These problems can include broken families, road fatalities, ruined business early death due to alcohol related illnesses or suicide.

In the previous example of rape, the victim may turn to drugs or alcohol in order to self-medicate for the fears and anxieties that typically are associated with rapes or other traumas. This can lead to more physical and psychological problems, which could end in bad outcomes for the individual and society.

These individuals could be helped by entering therapy. But many refuse treatment, are only partially assisted, or even fail to benefit in any measurable way.

Any society that designs itself in ways that accidentally, or selfishly, increase such problems for their citizens and then spends increasing revenues and energy to fix the problems is maladaptive and self-defeating. Such cultural designs are on a certain path to cultural decline.

This defines one of modern America’s most severe and worsening self-management problems.

The primary focus of the remainder of this blog will be upon psychological principles, processes and behavioral outcomes.

The great and powerful Law of Effect states that the probability of behavior is controlled by its consequences. The higher an animal is placed upon the phylogentic continuum, the greater the Law of Effect influences that animal’s behavior. Therefore, human behavior (good, bad, or indifferent) is most greatly influenced by the Law of Effect. The behavior of animals lower on the phyologentic scale is less influenced by the law of effect and more so by genetics.

Unfortunately, if  the powerful and natural influences of the Law of Effect and other interacting psychological principles are not guided by commonly accepted moral rules, values and consequences transmitted consistently and synchronously; within families, agencies and organizations (at managerial and governmental levels)…increased rates of bad behaviors within populations will certainly occur.

This is my prediction based upon principles of conditioning and learning theory and behavioral/cognitive social learning theory. My prediction is also informed by my 36 years as a professor of psychology and over 40 years as a private cognitive/behavioral therapist.

The population behavior changes I have seen in America during the course of my adult life (now at 75 yrs.) is largely, though not a singularly result, of a decline in our moral rules and consequences that less and less consistently govern our behavior. The interacting biopsychosocial scientific principles and  behavioral outcomes cause by this erosion of moral rules, values and consequences is what I call Behavioral Contagion. More specifically, Bad Behavioral contagion, leading to increased rates of bad behavior.

For our informal purposes, “bad behaviors” will include those  perceptions, emotions, beliefs and actions that damage the healthy physical and psychological development of children, adolescents and adults. These problems are very expensive and decrease the ability of a society to survive long and well.

To be sure, an entire book could be written about what bad behavior is, and is not, and there would be disagreement about what are good or bad behaviors under various circumstances. Regarding the class of “good behaviors”, I view these as human actions that are incompatible with, or compete with, the bad behaviors as defined above.

Most people would agree that, bad behaviors are neglecting, abusing or abandoning children or other loved ones; becoming addicted to activities or substances; lying, cheating, stealing and murdering, etc.. Most people would would agree that behaviors that are incompatible, or compete with, such actions would be examples of good or non-harmful behavior.

My general definitions, for the sake of this blog, will allow most folks to begin to to think about this complex matter of desirable, pro-social (good), or undesirable antisocial (bad) behavior among residents of our society.

It is important that citizens of America learn to think about such moral values and judgments because they determine the consequences for the actions of  themselves and others (rewards, punishments or no consequences) through their social interactions with others. Just as importantly, in America’s Representative Republic, citizens also influence the moral values, rules and consequences for themselves and others by casting votes for those who will be elected to make and enforce, or change the rules that govern all of us.

So, now comes the big question based upon Behavioral Contagion Theory: What can be done to decrease bad behavioral contagion in America and, as a result, also increase our cultural health and viability? 

Without a doubt, the “wisdom of the ages”, on this matter can be found in the moral precepts of the worlds greatest peaceful religions. My research finds that many scientists who study cultural decline, note that when populations loose their faith in their God’s teachings, they also loose the moral precepts and values important for their culture’s health and viability. This phenomenon appears to be happening to many (perhaps all, to some degree), modern technologically advancing societies in the world. 

I judge that skillfully using the psychological (and genetic/biological) principles of behavioral contagion will naturally decrease rates of bad behavior and increase rates of good behavior in America. But, to achieve this will require that we strengthen the influences of the social agencies, families, churches, schools and media influences that can promulgate and model moral rules and values and also reward conformity to these rules and values with acceptance, praise, recognition, influence, political power and material/financial consequences

Though it is unpopular in America’s increasingly immoral society, withholding these rewards for those who do not follow moral rules is essential. In extreme cases, murder, robbery, rape and child abuse, etc. To ever be effective, Swift and certain punishment must be administered by authorities for these and similar behaviors. 

For this chain of events to occur will require that America’s government (at all levels) cease the restrictions and punishments for America’s traditional and contemporary, peaceful and pro-social religious influences. 

I judge that it is essential to vote only for those public servants who support conservative moral rules and values to guide local, state and national governance. This will naturally catalyze increasing rates of good behavioral contagion in America and decrease rates of bad behavioral contagion.

Wake-Up America: Vote For Conservative Moral Values and Principles!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Health Services Provider in Psychology

 

 

 

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Truth in American Cartoons!

January 16, 2018

Truth in American Cartoons!

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Some Truth About America’s Moral Decline

January 14, 2018

Some Truth About America’s Moral Decline.

I presume that you are aware of America’s moral decline. It is very real and it is a function of many factors that have changed in American culture; some are not so easily identified as connected with our moral decline. 

The following is an article that identifies a couple of factors that are directly related to America’s moral decline. 

It is very important that Americans see this clearly. My research suggests that moral decline is all too often associated with a decline in a societies viability and long-term debilitation.

Please read this short and insightful article.

Wake-Up America!

https://patriotpost.us/opinion/53401

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 1/14/18

President Trump’s Bad Language

January 13, 2018

President Trump’s Bad Language

There is no question, President Trump can use bad language if he is angered.

Read the outstanding book about this President’s amazing strong points, “Let Trump Be Trump”, and find that it is honest enough to report that Trump is prone to profanity when he discovers a lack of progress or incompetence. Who should be surprised to find that a man who is used to wielding great power to get his own way can become upset and unpleasant when he does not?  So what?!

Democrats, RINO republicans, and liberal members of the deep state will certainly inflate and leak such incidences. They do this to derail Trump’s “America First” efforts and to distract attention from their own evil agenda of exchanging favors to the poor, uneducated and gullible… for votes and power.

Who, in touch with reality, would be unaware of any of this?

There are at least three points to ponder on this matter.

First Point:

Is President Trump “Crazy”, as so many liberals allege?

The simple answer is absolutely not. How could it be so in light of his many life-long consistent and complex accomplishments? I will grant that he is likely to show a difficult personality when he is failing to achieve his goals. But his thinking must have remained stable and rational or he would have been incapable of a life-time of his stellar achievements.

Note that the word “crazy” is a pejorative slang term used to destroy the credibility of someone. The closest technical term to this word is psychosis, a term used by psychologists and psychiatrists for one of the most debilitating psychological conditions featuring great mental confusion and the loss of contact with reality.

President Trump is certainly not psychotic.

Furthermore, President Trump’s recent physical exam found him to be in very good condition. A physician would certainly have been able to determine if the President was in a state of psychosis (i.e.,”crazy”), or not.

The Second Point:

Is President Trump a racist?

I am unable to tell you what his deepest thoughts are on this matter, nor are others who do not know him intimately.

My research finds that most liberals, and the main-stream media are convinced that he is. Additionally, a very few liberal republicans in favor of chain immigration and continued liberal immigration policies from very poor third-world countries may also accuse him of racism.

Trump has reached-out to minorities as no other republican has for many years. He should be given the benefit of doubt on this issue.

An alternative explanation for President Trump’s position of immigration is that randomly selected, or indiscriminately admitted uneducated and unskilled individuals from third-world countries are overloading America’s social welfare, medical, educational and law enforcement/judicial systems. As a result these essential systems are in financial crises and their dramatically increased work loads are stressing their workers to the point of systemic breakdown.

This problem threatens the viability of America. It can only be resolved by increasing tax supplied funds to our essential social systems. This would be a self-destructive act on top of other self-destructive acts. Or, it can be resolved by changing our immigration system to  merit based policies to insure that immigrants are self-sufficient.

It is critically important to vote for the latter solution.

The reader should also note that uncontrolled immigration from certain Islamic countries has led to increased terrorism in America and in every other country that has tried to assimilate their refugees.

You have probably noticed that most of these countries happen to be largely inhabited by people who are not Caucasians. This is the flimsy and dishonest basis for those on the “left” launching defamatory attacks on President Trump, calling him a racist.

Perhaps you are familiar with the scientific dictum: “Correlation is not causation”.

Trump’s objection to unlimited immigration from third-world or terrorist-ridden countries is absolutely not proof that he is a “racist”.

More likely, it is proof that President Trump is putting America’s urgent need to reverse its steep decline and recover its financial and cultural health and viability is first and foremost among his many objectives.

The Third Point.

Is President Trump distinctive in his use of bad language and crude remarks?

It is a fact that Trump will win no prizes for consistent tact and diplomatic language, though he is very capable of this style of communication.

I am not arguing that profane and crude language is a good thing. But it is a fact that public language and language in chambers, during political combat, can get pretty salty.

See for yourself.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/lists/a-brief-history-of-presidential-profanity-20121210/abraham-lincoln-19691231

Wake-Up America!

Radical Liberals, socialists, progressives, RINO’s, and their deep state accomplists are attempting to destroy and then impeach our properly elected President of the United States.

Vote Conservative Republican!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 1/13/18

Mini Lesson: Business Economics

January 7, 2018

A Mini Lesson: Business Economics

In my undergraduate days, I was a business major before making that a minor and majoring in psychology. 

I learned about something called “Enlightened Self-Interest” in my business classes. This is a material-consequential based explanation of why it is best for businesses to take good care of their employees and their customers. It also explains why, in a free-market economic system, private businesses tend to do so.

Radical liberals, socialists, progressives and anarchists preach that private businesses are evil. They argue that businesses abuse both their employees and their customers.

While there is no doubt this is true in some cases, it is certainly not generally true.

In fact it is not true of most successful businesses because there is “Reciprocal Control” between the businesses, its workers and their customers.

If private businesses threat their employees poorly they will leave and be replaced by less skilled and dedicated ones. These businesses, in turn will tend to produce a poorer product and product services.

All of this will tend to lead to dissatisfied customers who, in a free market, most likely seek-out better businesses who will provide them better products and services. 

All of this is why socialism, communism, fascism and obviously, anarchy, fails so badly in comparison to democratic republics and a free-market economies.

Radical liberals/progressives and socialists argue that the “trickle-down theory” does not work.

See for yourself!

Click the following link. Please endure the brief ad that precedes the video. It will be worth your wait. 

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.    1/7/18

 

 

Lou Holtz on Protests and Professional Sports

January 6, 2018

Lou Holtz on Protests and Professional Sports

I am in agreement with Lou regarding the contamination of professional football , or other professional sports, with political protests by players.

In America, sports has always been a venue for entertainment, relaxation, and a nice escape from common stressors of life. Most fans turn to exciting sports for pure joy and entertainment.

Professional sports is a business. At its core, it is a business like any other business. The employees are free to protest as they wish…on their own time. As can we all.

Imagine what would happen if the employees of various other businesses staged political protests while salaried and during working on the business premises.

With very few exceptions ( the entertainment media and musicians among only a very few), the protesting employees would  be fired pronto…and rightly so!

Lou didn’t say it, but I must: Owners are “trapped” by their fear of the massive financial losses to them if they were to sanction, or fire, their best athletes for their political shenanigans on the fields of employment.

I believe that the owners have considered that their financial losses with protesting athletes will be less than their financial losses should they exercise their right, make that their responsibility, to stop their employees bad behavior, one way or another.

I learned a long time ago that “if you don’t understand something  just follow the money.”

As for me, I am boycotting teams that allow their employees to protest during games.

Here’s Lou!

VTM, 1/6/18

 

 

 

Radical Liberal Hedonists: Destroying America!

January 5, 2018

Radical Liberal Hedonists: Destroying America!

America is rotting from within.

Liberal Hedonists are on the rise. How could it be otherwise?

Over three generations have been raised with fragmented families, decreasing supervision in the home, extended families increasingly far away or fragmented, increasingly permissive school and social morals, decreasing religious influences; the rise of more immediate pleasures, more convenient pleasures and greater magnitudes of pleasures; the incremental legalization of pornography, gambling, recreational drugs and soon (I will bet), legalized prostitution.

All of this has led to an increase in the social ills and disabilities that were once socially sanctioned and more often punished by law. Now many of these social ills and disabilities are now socially acceptable and even legalized.

There is much more that has happened to our American society, inevitably leading to increasing rates of radical liberal hedonistic behavior patterns within our population.

One central theme in all of this is a psychological phenomenon that I call Schedules of Reinforcement Maladaption Contagion. Put differently, when good behaviors are extinguished (not rewarded) and bad behaviors are rewarded (in increasingly dense, immediate, and in greater magnitudes), the rate of good behavior decreases and the rate of bad behavior is increases among animals. Yes, humans are animals.

For our human purposes, I will define good behavior as adaptive-prosocial in nature and bad behavior as self-destructivemaladaptive or antisocial/sociopathic in nature.

My techical name for this cultural phenomenon, as far as I know, originates with me. I use this concept to understand my own analyses of America’s cultural evolutions. On the other hand, the mountain of data supporting my theoretical assertions originate with countless tens of thousands of other researchers in the scientific field of Behavior Analysis over decades of hard work.

America, in spite of a heroic recent increase in more conservative initiatives, appears to destroying itself from within. The radical liberal practices driving increasing rates bad behavioral contagion in America have gone on long enough that they may defy correction.

From a politically strategic perspective, radical liberal politicians understand that an addicted population is theirs to have and exploit. The legalization of known addictive activities and substances to increase the profits and the power of state, local and federal governments as well as politicians is pure organized psychopathy. This social phenomenon was once called organized crime.

The radical liberals have no remorse for the resulting damaged children, teens, and adults. There is no concern for the families destroyed by addiction, or the lives broken and splattered on our highways. There is no angst for the suicides and shattered lives that are now are fueling the bad behavioral contagion that has increasingly afflicted America’s population since the 1960’s.

Again, from a radical liberal strategic perspective, increasing rates of bad behavioral contagion is a desirable accomplishment. Once endemic within America’s population, high rates of self-defeating and self-destructive behavior patterns will provide governments and politicians the rational for demanding more taxes to fund themselves and the programs and agencies they design and build to meet growing population problems. All of this is justification for their increasing control of citizen”s lives.

Radical liberals will gain more money and power in the name of “curing” or “therapizing” the increasing rate of citizen’s physical and behavior problems. The problems that they created in the first place!

We appear to be in the process of realizing our Founding Father’s greatest fear: The Death of America by its own government.

If unchecked, increasing forms of bad behavioral contagion will drown America in a tsunami of its own wasted humanity.

It is every American’s duty to learn about how radical liberals, socialists and anarchists are destroying our Constitution-based America!

The following is only one example: Legalized Marijuana just for pleasure.

Radical Liberal Media Marijuana Propaganda

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/01/video-cnn-reporter-holds-joints-lights-bong-pot-smoker-live-new-years-eve-broadcast/

Marijuana Damages to Colorado

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/07/marijuana-devastated-colorado-dont-legalize-nationally-jeff-hunt-column/536010001/

Psychosis and Marijuana.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31480234

Now, you must read this  authoritative review of marijuana effects by NIH.

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana

P.S., To learn much more about marijuana and its effects upon individuals and society, please type the word “marijuana” in my search box on the upper right side of my blog page.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Practicing Health Services Provider in Psychology

 


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