15.59 ACT: Weaken Transformation of Stimulus Functions

The Dark Side of Language

To reduce the aversive functions acquired by words and thoughts, establishing contexts that weaken the transformation of stimulus functions can be useful. These contexts focus on not taking words so “literally.” That is, they emphasize the arbitrary nature of the relation between words and their referents.

The dominance of verbal relations

Bidirectional transformation of stimulus functions

Rampant rule following

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