HONEY: IT’S NOT JUST FOR KIDS
YOU CATCH MORE FLIES WITH HONEY THAN YOU DO WITH VINEGAR PART II
So we talked about the power of praise as positive reinforcement, but really anything we do and then receive reinforcement for, will increase the future frequency of that behavior. Anyone who refutes Applied Behavior Analysis as a hard science simply needs to take a look around their own environment.
Why will a dog do tricks? Likely, their trainer praised the performance, then reinforced it with an edible reward (a.k.a. positive reinforcement). Why did does your teenage son bathe in cologne? Any bets that some girl told him he smells good?
We all want positive reinforcement, we just don’t all know how to use it. However, we are getting better. I’ve seen many more teachers and parents today reinforcing the desired behavior instead of punishing the less desired behavior. Parents thanking their child for “good table manners” rather than sending the child away for rude behavior at the table. Teachers putting marbles in the jar instead of taking away recess (sorry…tangent– the idea of taking away recess seems so insane and archaic. Kids need to run and play!). The more opportunities provided for people to receive positive reinforcement, the sooner those good desirable behaviors will become the norm.