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

47.2 Definition of the Autoclitic Mand

If the establishing operation that controls a mand depends entirely upon or in part upon the speaker’s ongoing verbal behavior in the sense that the listener is being enjoined to react to the primary verbal behavior in a specified way, then we have what may be called an autoclitic mand. Features irrelevant to the classification of autoclitic mands include the response topography, the listener’s current reaction, and the specific type of reinforcement specified by the response.

Autoclitic Mand

A verbal relationship with the following features:

The controlling variable is an establishing operation

It enjoins the listener to alter his or her reaction to the primary response

Response topography

The listener’s current reaction

The specific type of reinforcement specified by the response

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