Introductory Concepts
Elementary Relationships
Extensions of Verbal Behavior
Multiple Controlling Relationships
Building on the Elementary Relationships

45.21 Autoclitic Example

The first type of autoclitic results from the fact that listeners eventually demand more and more information about the stimulus conditions controlling a speaker’s verbal behavior. For a listener to hear a speaker say, “It’s raining” is not sufficient. If it’s only an echoic or textual response, no practical action may be taken. However, if it is a tact, controlled by the visual non-verbal stimulus of rain falling, some practical action, such as getting an umbrella, is generally taken. As a result, listeners tend to reinforce verbal behavior that not only is controlled by certain stimuli, but which also describes the nature of that controlling relationship.

A cartoon woman with a speech bubble saying it's raining, providing an autoclitic example.
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