After all of the emphasis of intra-psychic unconscious motivations, behaviorism appeared. It was fresh, easy to understand, and external. You aren’t thrown around by the whim of psychic energy. Your are controlled by stimuli or by the consequences of behavior. It’s still deterministic but all above board. Finally, a theory that describes human and animal behavior.
Read these posts (if there are links):
- Skinner’s Basic Ideas
- What You Do Personality
By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:
- Compare and contrast behaviorism & psychoanalysis
- Describe classical conditiong theory
- Describe operant conditioning theory
- Explain the advantages and disadvantages of behaviorism
Here are the Terms for Behaviorism
Here are Notes on Behaviorism
And now a Quiz about Behaviorism
What behaviors define your personality?