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Other People's Habits: How to Use Positive Reinforcement to Bring Out the Best in People Around You [Hardcover]

Aubrey C. Daniels
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1 Sep 2000
Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits," said Mark Twain. Taking this wry observation to heart, renowned author Aubrey Daniels shows readers exactly what steps are required to live a life filled with harmonious relationships, fulfilling connections, and minimal discord and conflict. Using the proven staying power of positive reinforcement, Daniels offers indispensable advice on how to: Establish effective relationships based on mutual respect and shared expectations Keep the lines of communication open--so friends, family, and co-workers always know exactly what is expected of them How to pinpoint and identify the desired behavior you want How to use positive reinforcement to bring about the desired behavior change


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US (1 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007135915X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071359153
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

How to apply the powerfully positive, groundbreaking system
laid out in the bestselling Bringing Out the Best in People
to the people in your personal life

-Learn to pinpoint and bring about the behaviors you desire in others'and in yourself
-Take advantage of the proven powers and unlimited benefits of Dr. Daniels' renowned positive reinforcement approach
-Establish effective relationships based on mutual respect and shared expectations

Gain lasting control of your life'and help friends, family, and colleagues do the same

Finally, the power of positive reinforcement is
available to everyone, everywhere.

"Other People's Habits provides a consistent intellectual approach to improving performance and designing practical, tactical interventions with people in our personal lives that are likely to have significant positive effects on their behavior. Daniels' work thoroughly explores and explains a consisten and coherent framework that is grounded in inspired research and experience." - Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard, Academic Dean for Teaching Programs, John f. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


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"Let me begin with a bold statement: Most of the world's problems, from crime and drugs to ineffective education and the threats to world peace, result from a lack of understanding of how consequences change behavior." Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A light will come on?...... 10 Feb 2004
Format:Hardcover
I have read several of Aubrey Daniels' books. This one is the most readable, succinct summary of Behavioural Management practices and how they can help to address specific issues that we all face in dealing with people at work, in the home and in social settings. It certainly 'did it for me' in understanding why people behave the way they do; I have given copies of it away to friends, colleagues and neighbours, only to find they have reacted in a similar way to me when they read it. It is packed with practical examples of behavioural improvement; some of these have the flavour of US culture, and rabid Anti - Americans will find them a bit difficult to digest, but I think that any objective assessment will see the value of what they are putting across. Thoroughly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Positive Reinforcement 25 Oct 2007
By calmly
Format:Hardcover
This is an exceptionally well-organized and clear book. Superficially, it might seem like "only" a suggestion to compliment others more often. However, what distinguishes it from self-help books that emphasize willpower and attitude is the reliance on the teachings of B.F.Skinner's radical behaviorism.

This is one of the best and few books on applying behaviorism to everyday living that I've aware of. You can read Skinner (e.g. "Science and Human Behavior" or his 3-part autobiography) to understand the scientific foundation of his approach and to get a few ideas how you can manage yourself better, but I have found it difficult to work out just how to apply the lessons of behaviorism in daily life. Advancements have been made in applications to such areas as autism and to education, but these require highly trained behavior analysts.

What Daniels has done is work out and carefully explain a straight-forward way in which anyone can apply behaviorism. His advice seems entirely consistent with Skinner, including the avoidance of punishment. Key basics of behaviorism are made simple by Daniels, who has the clearest explanation of the key behaviorist term "contingency" that I've found.

If he didn't so carefully explain how he arrives at this advice, it might seem simplistic. Just compliment? But significantly more than that, for he identifies a number of rules that must hold to effectively positive reinforce others. And because it doesn't require too many rules, it seems quite manageable. I haven't tried it much yet, but I mean to start doing so soon. I hope to succeed because I'll have the scientific power of behaviorism, the laws of nature and the apparent wisdom of Daniels supporting me and keeping it simple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 17 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is great, easy to read yet informative I would recommend this book to anyone doing an ABA course or who wants to familiarise themselves with some basic principles.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rewarded by Rewards: The Benefits of Behavior Analysis 2 Aug 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It seems safe to say that the goal of any responsible person in a position of authority, whether that person is a parent, teacher, therapist, or business manager, is to see others be successful, productive, and satisfied with whatever they do. For most people, however, there is a big question mark as to just how we can accomplish these goals.

Other People's Habits provides some of the clearest examples describing how the principles of behavior analysis can be used to achieve these goals for the benefit of everyone. Daniels does a wonderful job differentiating between recognition, reward, and reinforcement, and how each process is likely to affect the actions of another. His Do's and Don'ts for implementing positive reinforcement successfully are extremely clear and helpful (along with having a great deal of empirical support in the research literature, unlike the majority of procedures described in many pop psychology books). Daniels also describes in detail how most individuals who claim to be using behavior analytic principles are, in fact, often misusing these principles with disastrous results. Rather than turning people into disgruntled non-productive individuals, as author Alfie Kohn likes to suggest in his book Punished By Rewards, positive reinforcement is a very effective process to help each person achieve a productive and meaningful life, when used properly.

Readers who are parents may also wish to look at another book, The Power of Positive Parenting by Latham, for the successful application of behavior analytic principles with children. Scholars who are interested in the intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation debate and how it has played out in the research literature may also wish to pick up a copy of Rewards and Intrinsic Motivation: Resolving the Controversy by Cameron and Pierce.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Positive Reinforcement 20 Jun 2004
By calmly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an exceptionally well-organized and clear book. Superficially, it might seem like "only" a suggestion to compliment others more often. However, what distinguishes it from self-help books that emphasize willpower and attitude is the reliance on the teachings of B.F.Skinner's radical behaviorism.
This is one of the best and few books on applying behaviorism to everyday living that I've aware of. You can read Skinner (e.g. "Science and Human Behavior" or his 3-part autobiography) to understand the scientific foundation of his approach and to get a few ideas how you can manage yourself better, but I have found it difficult to work out just how to apply the lessons of behaviorism in daily life. Advancements have been made in applications to such areas as autism and to education, but these require highly trained behavior analysts.
What Daniels has done is work out and carefully explain a straight-forward way in which anyone can apply behaviorism. His advice seems entirely consistent with Skinner, including the avoidance of punishment. Key basics of behaviorism are made simple by Daniels, who has the clearest explanation of the key behaviorist term "contingency" that I've found.
If he didn't so carefully explain how he arrives at this advice, it might seem simplistic. Just compliment? But significantly more than that, for he identifies a number of rules that must hold to effectively positive reinforce others. And because it doesn't require too many rules, it seems quite manageable. I haven't tried it much yet, but I mean to start doing so soon. I hope to succeed because I'll have the scientific power of behaviorism, the laws of nature and the apparent wisdom of Daniels supporting me and keeping it simple.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing out the best in others is a worthy endeavor 17 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I don't see why anyone should settle for second best. I read anything and everything on how to be my best and bring out the best in others. I really like the author's perspective of confronting habits. So much of our activity is automatic, based on old coping mechanisms.
This author recognizes that we do have the power to help others be their best and that self-limiting habits need to be conquered. The reader is given a series of steps to take to overcome these habits. Try them!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the right path in helping yourself! 8 Nov 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What a refreshing book! It's not pop psychology, but a book that actually tells you the steps in how to change your behavior and other people's behavior for the better. This scientifically based book is written in layman's terms. Applying the principles of this book DO produce results. There are no secrets, no mystries, but proven scientific information simple for anyone to understand. Our behaviors happen because of consequences, not the other way around. These concepts are taught at University level courses and can be proven. Try something that is proven rather than pop psychology! This book is well worth it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective and kind! 7 May 2006
By joyousdog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The words positive reinforcement inspire different thoughts in different people. Sadly, some think "weak" or "manipulative." But, properly understood, it is neither.

"The world can be a cruel place" is often used as an excuse for introducing cruelty to children, or using it on animals and employees. When I hear that argument, that's when the words "weak" and "manipulative" spring to my mind.

Daniels' writing is easy to read, and he makes a great case for the practicality, effectiveness and deep reward of using reinforcement for others, as well as embracing it when it is directed at us. He clearly lays out all of the aspects of using it well and carefully, not just randomly "being nice."
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