Behavior, Pop PCT, Grad Students

[From Rick Marken (950514.1200)]

I have had several nice phone conversations with Mark Abrams and I
promised him I would post on a couple subjects so there they are:

I. Behavior:

PCT calls attention to the fact that the word "behavior" is ambiguous It is
used to describe "actions", "controlled results" and "uncontrolled results".
PCT shows that it is important to distinguish these three phenomena.
"Actions" are organism-produced effects on a controlled result that bring
that result to its reference state and protect it from disturbance;"controlled
results" are results of actions that are protected from disturbance;
"uncontrolled results" are irrelevant side effects of action; they are any
results of action that the control systems is not itself controlling.


Action Controlled result Uncontrolled result

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II. What I think should be the essential components of any popular
treatment of PCT.

1. The FACT that people are controllers. Popular treatments should
always explain that people are controllers, not behavior generators.

2. The THEORY that controllers control perceptions. Popular treatments
should explain that controllers control perceptions, not "reality".

3. The FACT that controllers determine the states in which they want their

4. The FACT that it is difficult for controllers to avoid conflict but that
conflict avoidance is essential because conflict results in loss of control.

5. The ways for people to recognize when they are IN conflict and ways to
get OUT of conflict -- mainly by changing goals (references) , changing
perceptions, and reorganizing.

isaac kurtzer (950509.2100) --

where the hell are the graduate students.

That's what I'd like to know. We have a number of PCTer's who have been
teaching for years in institutions with graduate programs. Where are the
PCT theses?