Seven Life Lessons from Humanistic Behaviorism: How to bring the best out of yourself and others

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2014-05-25
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Virginia Tech
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Included with E. Scott Geller's presentation to the 2016 McComas Staff Leadership Seminar.

Seven evidence-based guidelines for improving the quality and increasing the frequency of desirable behavior are described and illustrated as relevant for benefiting human welfare and well-being. If practiced extensively, these life lessons would most assuredly improve overall quality of life by reducing interpersonal conflict and bullying, preventing the occurrence of unintentional injuries and fatalities, and enhancing work productivity, environmental sustainability and life satisfaction. The first three guidelines reflect the applied behavioral science principles of positive reinforcement, observational learning, and behavior-based feedback. The subsequent four life lessons are essentially derived from humanism. Techniques for operationalizing these humanistic guidelines are presented, demonstrating social validity in integrating select principles from humanism with behaviorism. The result: humanistic behaviorism -- the application of some humanistic fundamentals to make behaviorism more acceptable, effective, and sustainable on a large scale.

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humanistic behaviorism, behaviorial feedback, empathy, management vs. leadership, self-motivation, self-transcendence
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