April 23, 2015
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Inappropriate Behavior

Revolt against authority was, and remains to this day, the original sin, the classic crime, of the individual.

Thomas Szasz, M.D.


Little value comes out of the belief that people will respond progressively better by treating them progressively worse.

Eric Harvey


“Inappropriate behavior”—it’s a biggie in Disability World. Sometimes we use other descriptors like “problem behavior” or “challenging behavior.” In response, we write “behavior management programs,” create plans for “positive behavior supports,” and/or institute other remedies. It’s been reported that “behavior specialist” is one of the fastest-growing career opportunities. We define something as a problem (behavior), and then we need to create jobs to fix the problem!

Is there consensus on what constitutes inappropriate/problem/challenging behavior? No. What’s inappropriate in one person’s mind may not be perceived that way by others.And I’ve always wondered: who is the behavior a problem for or challenging to? Not the person who’s doing the behavior, right? It’s a problem and/or is challenging to those around him/her! Words like “problem,” “challenging,” and/or others seem to be euphemisms. Read more…

Here’s another helpful article on behavior issues: Joe Schiappacasse on Everyone’s Behavior.


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No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules for conduct of other people. William Howard Taft


In some extremely important ways, people are what you expect them to be, or at least they behave as you expect them to behave.

Naomi Weisstein


Logic will never change emotions and behavior…It is perceptions that control emotions and emotions control behavior. Changes in perception will change emotions and therefore behavior. If your perception changes, you have no choice: your emotions and behavior change, too.

Edward deBono


Formerly, we approved or disapproved, permitted and prohibited various behaviors because they were virtuous or wicked, legal or illegal. Now, we do so because they are deemed healthy or sick, therapeutic or pathogenic. Hence the seemingly unappeasable thirst to medicalize, pathologize and therapeutize all manner of behaviors manifesting as personal or social problems.

Thomas Szasz, M.D.


It is easier to behave your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of behaving.

Kegley’s Principle of Change

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