15.58 ACT: Loosen or Weaken Verbal Relations

The Dark Side of Language

To counteract the dominance of verbal relations, establishing contexts that “loosen” or weaken particular verbal relations can be useful. These contexts discourage deriving stimulus relations for the purpose of “making sense” or providing reasons or a rationale for behavior.

The dominance of verbal relations

Bidirectional transformation of stimulus functions

Rampant rule following

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