The Theories Of The Theory Of Behaviorism

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John Locke argued that people start out with a blank slate. I don’t totally agree that we start as blank slates, but I appreciate the meaning behind Locke’s observation: we are extremely impressionable creatures, but we have the control to be great. Through the human development, people develop their own history of learning experiences that shape who they are and how they react. There are certain laws or rules of learning that happen through how people interact with the environment and how they think, feel and behave. In order for the person and the situation and environment to coexist, we must look at the idea of introspection and the theory of behaviorism. Behavioral methods are not only useful to observe development and how it happens, but also to understand how and why behavioral abnormalities such as phobias happen. I will flesh out behaviorism and share some personal experiences. Early developments in the behavioral theory are primarily focused on conditioning. Ivan Pavlov was the first major behaviorist and discovered classical conditioning. He used the digestive system of dogs as a model for describing much of the automatic/nonconscious learning that occurs in everyday life. In classical conditioning, a meaningful stimulus is linked to a neutral stimulus so that a similar response is elicited by either stimulus. A common example is fear response-young children might associate load noises with traffic and become afraid and stay clear of the traffic. When I was eight…
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