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When B.F. Skinner introduced radical behaviorism, he argued that an individual’s behavior and surrounding environmental factors that influence said behavior are more crucial to the fundamental understanding of a person’s psychological state of mind. Taking a radical behavioral perspective, I would not consider an individual demonstrating a troubling behavioral pattern to be a flawed individual. I would not consider the behavior pattern to be their fault because if we look at Skinner’s theory, these troubling behavior patterns are attributed to external forces. The individual may be used to being around a certain environment and that change of environment is what brought on the troubling behavior. From a radical behavioral perspective, what a person may think, feel, or act upon stems from the result of the individual’s environment and experiences. To label the individual as flawed or blame them for their behavior without understanding what environmental factors are contributing to this pattern would be wrong and a failed opportunity to modify that behavior.

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