behaviorism

by rantywoman

Ha! This resonated with me; at one point I decided not to bring a bowl of soup from the kitchen to my roommate so that he would have to get up from the couch at least once during the day:

http://www.realpsychsolutions.com/uploads/Get-Potato-Off-Couch-Laudati.pdf

Finally, Mo came to counseling to revivify a dying relationship. It appears that Mo was subtly rewarding Allison’s sedentary behavior by bringing her food and drinks while she sat there zoning out. This behavior on Mo’s part needed to cease immediately. He was unknowingly reinforcing her couch potato status .He needed to stop bringing her things and he needed to discourage her behavior by not talking to her or interacting in any way. He was to stop all attempts to fulfill her needs. At least Allison would have to get up to get snacks, and when she did, Mo was to smile and converse.

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