By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT
This article will undoubtedly appear as a controversial piece to many, so be it! I accept the divergence of opinions, for I am open to constructive criticism and capable of objective dialogue. My purpose is to make people think. Think about relationships, beliefs, and ideas. I challenge the reader to sit back and ask themselves this question, where do I find myself in the negative/positive continuum? There is no right or wrong answer. You are where you find yourself.
Punishment (-) _____________________ (?) _____________________________ Reinforcement (+)
If parents yell No! at their children as they are about to cross the street, are their emotions hurt? For some children the answer might be yes and for others no. If the child cannot speak, how can we infer his emotions were harmed? Ultimately, who can conclude, without a doubt, that the child or dog is emotionally wounded? These questions are hard to answer as we don't know, beyond exhibited physical behaviours, if the organism is emotionally suffering or not.
To be continued.