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Definition word count : 678 -- Definition Id : 143 -- Definition active date : 2010-09-12 -- Definition views : 2360

Category : Psychology
Plural form : N/A

Human Operant Conditioning may be considered to be the sum of human experiences that predisposes individuals to act in particular, predetermined ways.

Human operant conditioning may be regarded as sets of instructions that tell us how to be humans.

Presuming humans lack free will, a combination of human operant conditioning and biochemical predisposition may sometimes be regarded as being responsible for all human behavior.

Human operant conditioning theories propose that all people create rules of behavior for themselves, however, some rules may appear to be rules adopted in response to social or cultural human conditioning vectors.

The Golden Rule is a good example of a social conditioning vector. People who try to live by the golden rule tend to try to behave towards other people the way they would want other people to behave towards them.

Everything we learn from infancy to the present is part of each individual’s human operant conditioning because we each base all of our present choices on the sum of our past experiences, particularly, on the habitual rules we create for our own behavior based on many of our earliest experiences of nurturing or traumatic events.

The more quality nurture infants receive, the likelier their human operant conditioning will prejudice them to feel more secure and more empowered to be successful.

The more traumatic experiences infants receive, the likelier their human operant conditioning will prejudice them to feel more afraid and helpless.

Early childhood experiences form the foundations for later experiences, consequently, the healthier an infant’s earlier experiences are the more likely they will develop healthy human operant conditioning as adults, when they mature.

Human operant conditioning evolves in layers, over time. All previous experiences prejudice people to regard new experiences with emotionally laden value assessments based on their past experiences.

The more unpleasant experiences a person accumulates, the likelier they become to regard any new experiences with anxiety. This state of anxiety often easily prejudices them against any new experiences and may distort their perceptions of potentially good experiences to make them appear to be bad experiences.

As infant minds evolve and become more complex, the cognitive tools they develop all reflect their earliest experiences. The sum of their developing cognitive tools is their human operant conditioning. The more facility people acquire with their cognitive tools, the more capable they become of rationalizing any of their behavior that appears to be inconsistent or irrational.

It is not known whether or not people are capable of acting with free will independently of their human operant conditioning or biochemical predispositions.

It is widely believed that many cognitive and emotional behaviors that are parts of our human operant conditioning can result in physiological changes in various hormone levels. These behaviorally driven changes in the production of hormones critical to governing our emotional states influence our biochemical predispositions and may train our biochemical predispositions to reinforce our chosen states of beliefs about who we may choose to believe we are and all of our rationalizations regarding our own behavior.

This process of self-reinforcing biochemical behavioral programming of our human operant conditioning tends to make people increasingly resistant to change. This can be good in some cases, because most human behavior has evolved specifically to help make humans a more successful species.

However, this increasing resistance to change may be a problem in those cases where early childhood experiences lacking consistent, quality nurture and featuring frequent traumatic experiences may have contributed to the development of human operant conditioning and subsequent biochemical predispositions that may cause them to frequently or consistently behave in manners that may not be in their own best interests.

All forms of psychic illnesses may be regarded as the results of faulty human operant conditioning and subsequent, unhealthy biochemical predispositions.

Retraining human operant conditioning is possible. Hypnotism, prayer, meditation, diet, neuro-linguistic programming, visualization, rituals, athletics, drugs, and many other things may all help people to peel back the layers of their own existing human operant conditioning so that they may learn how to reprogram themselves to become happier, healthier, and more humane.

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Greg Gourdian

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