Through PCT Glasses (was Applying PCT)

[From Rick Marken (2000.09.23.0945)]

Bill Powers (2000.09.23.0721 MDT)

I don't really "apply PCT." I just build models; in fact,
when I try to set up a model I don't try to stick to PCT.
In the Little Man, for example, there are four levels of
control, but they don't have anything to do with the 11
levels I proposed previously...The "official" PCT model is
like an artist's sketch, intended only as a guide to building
the real model, piece by piece, on experimental data.

This is still not quite what I had in mind. What I was asking
about was far more elementary. I think my second post on
this topic [Rick Marken (2000.09.22.1600)] might make it a bit

Perhaps my subject line, "Applying PCT", was misleading
so I have changed it to "Through PCT Glasses". What I want to
discuss is how we can learn to see everyday behaviors as
_possible_ control phenomena. It seems that some behaviors,
like pointing at targets, are more easily seen as possible
control phenomena than others, like keeping the disruption level
in a classroom low. My experience is that some people who
understand the basic control model very well can, nevertheless,
miss the possible existence of control when it is occuring right
before their eyes. So undertanding the basic PCT model is apparently
not the same as being able to see behavior through PCT glasses. I
was asking for your thoughts on this issue and, if you think it's
really an issue, for any ideas you might have about how to help
people see everyday behavior in terms of control.




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