How do you see emergent relations at play in your everyday personal or professional life? We begin our more in-depth exploration of emergent relations this week.
Even if the conceptual and methodological details of this topic may seem confusing at first, we must recognize its importance when addressing the complexities of human behavior.
In that regard, how do you see emergent relations at play in your everyday personal or professional life? Do you have any experience implementing interventions or curricula in this area, even if not from a behavioral perspective?
According to the behavioral perspective, the way we behave and learn can be explained through our interactions with the environment. Our actions are always responses to stimuli, which either occur naturally or because of a learned response.1
The behavioral perspective belongs to a school of thought known as behaviorism or behavioral theory. Behavioral theory is the overarching analysis of human behavior focused on examining a person’s environment and learned associations. Behaviorism suggests that all behavior is acquired through conditioning and can therefore be observed without consideration of thoughts or feelings.
Since all behavior is but a response, behaviorism also suggests that anyone can learn to perform any action with the right conditioning. Instead of attributing talents, skills, or behaviors to genetics, personality, or cognition, behaviorists believe them to be simply a product of conditioning.