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47.5 Autoclitic Mand Example #2

Another important type of autoclitic mand involves negation. To say “Carlos is not well” includes the autoclitic mand “not.” “Not” enjoins the listener not to react to the tact “well” as though it were occurring under normal circumstances, presumably because such an altered reaction would currently be reinforcing to the speaker.

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

Carlos is an Autoclitic Mand Example #2 and is not well at expressing himself with speech.
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