The Many Faces of Operant Conditioning: How It Affects Us Personally

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Group picked up where we left off last week with habitual patterns that we carry with us that still affect our behavior (ACES, etc.).

We looked at some examples of operant conditioning (Pavlov’s dogs, Skinner’s Pigeons) and then brought it into our own world with concrete examples (snack-shop window sounds, doorbell, phone notification sounds, etc.)

We returned to look at early-childhood imprints from traumatic childhood events related to ACE scores regarding their effects on the subconscious patterns that may continue to affect our daily lives.

Then we looked at the benefits of habitual patterns, making a list of positives (safety; health; attitude; food/eating; sleep; meditation, relationship; survival). We then discovered that any element on this list could be beneficial or detrimental (according to the context and the role it plays within it).

Many members were excited to share their memories and how they themselves were affected by them. Lots of great examples emerged from this.