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

47.7 Form of Autoclitic Mand

Remember, the form of the response, the topography of the utterance, is irrelevant. It plays no role in trying to classify a verbal response as either an autoclitic mand or autoclitic tact. Remember also that an autoclitic cannot occur unless some primary verbal behavior is occurring or is about to occur.

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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