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

47.6 Autoclitic Impure Tact

If “not” is primarily under the control of circumstances in which “well” would not usually be reinforced, then “not” is an autoclitic tact. If “not” is primarily meant to cancel “well” and enjoin the listener not to react in a typical manner to “well,” then it is an autoclitic mand. This example is often probably a little of both (i.e., an impure tact).

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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