Behavior therapy and critical speculation

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Considers critical analysis, when departing from concrete problems and generating testable propositions, as a legitimate aspect of scientific development. Examination of the limitations of behavioristic theory in its passage to therapeutic practice and the nonexplicit supplementary mechanisms inherent in the latter generates several such propositions. 4 of these are presented. Arguments justifying circular definitions of reinforcement and extrapolating from social reinforcement studies in animals to human processes are critically examined. (77 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-324
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1971
Externally publishedYes


  • behavior therapy, critical analysis of behavioristic theory as related to therapeutic practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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