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Psychology’s Law of Effect: America Has It Bassackwards!

January 13, 2013

Psychology’s Law of Effect: America Has It Bassackwards!

Psychology’s Law of Effect states that “Consequences Control Behavior”.  When it comes to the survival of cultures, the Law of Effect cannot be broken without breaking and eventually destroying the culture.

The more who are rewarded for not working, the more who will not work! Only fools, socialists, “progressives” and communists would design such a socioculture.

So it now is with America. 

Watch the following and then please use your voting power to save America!

http://www.staged.com/video?v=Klmb

VTM, 1/13/13

P.S., Thanks to Lee Hornack for sending this video to me.

The Law of Effect and Cultural Survival

June 15, 2011

The Law of Effect and Cultural Survival

One of Psychology’s premier laws of behavior is the Law of Effect. The law of effect states that operant behavior is controlled by its consequences. This simply means that the vast majority of the bodily, intellectual, and verbal actions that we take in our physical and social environments are controlled by consequences of those actions.

If behaviors are rewarded they will occur more frequently. If behaviors are not rewarded, or if they are punished, they will occur less frequently.

If a society does not consistently design its laws and rules for behavior to reward adaptive economic and social actions in its citizens; and also design its laws and rules to withhold rewards from, or punish, maladaptive economic and antisocial actions in its citizens….it is in the process of self-destruction through behavioral chaos.

Cultural Survival  through the management of consequences can be accomplished within our democratic process; providing we have an educated, loyal and moral citizenry. Without these things, the heavy hand of tyranny will fall upon us all.

Can you see this prediction unfolding as I write?

Wake-Up America!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.      6/15/11

Defining Good Vs. Bad Behavior

December 3, 2009

Defining Good  vs. Bad  Behavior

I am a psychologist and therefore I have deep respect for its most robust laws and principles: The Law of Effect is one such law.

I like to think of it this way: The Law of Effect is one of  God’s Truths discovered by science, but known by perceptive humans through all time.

The Law of Effect states that: Consequences Control Behavior.

The facts are that individuals, groups and sociocultures that do not abide by this law will suffer the consequences of increasingly chaotic behavior patterns. Much of this behavior will be bad because bad behavior normally requires less organization and planning, less patience, less effort, and leads to fast, or even instant,  gratification (rewards).  My general definitions for bad behavior is dumb, short-sighted, self-defeating, maladaptive, self-and-other destructive, damaging, irresponsible, mentally disturbed, criminal, selfish, addicted, murderous, or suicidal behavior, etc..

Defining and differentiating bad behavior and good behavior is not always a simple matter. Attempting to do so invites criticism, even social censure in this day and age. But we all do it. Its just that many of us have been intimidated, by modern political correctness and the prevailing philosophy of moral relativism, into keeping these judgements of good/bad or right/wrong to ourselves. By giving-in to these social pressures, we become incompetent at encouraging good behavior, in ourselves, our loved ones and others. This form of ethical incompetence is self-destructive for individuals, groups and sociocultures, which is the point of this discussion.

The growth of ethical ignorance and incompetence, and its predictable consequences, is exactly what is happening to America.

I have struggled with the problem of defining good behavior and bad behavior for many years. The best that I have been able to do is to blend several criteria as an aid to making such evaluations. Though this method is admittedly imperfect, in my judgement, it is far better than declaring that there are no rights/wrongs, or goods/bads, and embracing the behavioral chaos which naturally results from this perverted anti-ethical philosophy.

I define bad or undesirable behaviors as all behaviors (thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and important physiological events such as extreme anger, fear, and anxiety) that:

 A). Are prohibited by law. These criteria can change over time, but they are generally a helpful guide.

 B). Are represented as a Psychological Disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV 4(DSM-IV). This is the diagnostic manual used by physicians and mental health professionals to determine who is suffering from significant mental problems.
 http://allpsych.com/disorders/dsm.html

 C).  Are listed in the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10). This diagnostic manual is used world round to diagnose both physical diseases and mental disorders.
 http://apps.who.int/classifications/apps/icd/icd10online/

 D).  Are behaviors competitive or incompatible with the main features of a healthy human personality as identified by psychologists Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow
 http://psikoloji.fisek.com.tr/maslow/self.htm

E).  Are proscribed by the benevolent religions of the world.
 http://www.universalbehaviorcode.com/index.html

I define Good or desirable behaviors as those behaviors (thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and important physiological events such as good feelings, happiness and affection) that compete with, or are incompatible with, definitions A.  B. and C., and those that are consistent with D).,Roger’s and Maslow’s definitions of a healthy personality and E)., the behavior patterns recommended by the benevolent religions of the world.

Again, the general criteria stated above are only a general guide. You may wish to research each of the references mentioned in order form your own opinions.

I believe it is essential to encourage good behavior and discourage bad behavior in our private lives and as citizens of our American Republic.  There are many ways to do this through teaching, showing desirable role models, rewarding good behavior, and withholding rewards from bad behaviors. Much less frequently, in exceptional cases, it will be necessary to appropriately punish bad behaviors.

My study of the sciences of psychology/sociology/anthropology/economics, my experiences as a therapist, and my readings of the history of evolving and declining cultures, have taught me that:

Those who do not do recognize and use the law of effect , and other valuable psychological and social science principles, for the benefit of all, inevitably suffer the disastrous consequences of behavioral chaos.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.
12/3/09


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