Ever wonder why guys always assume you’re down to get dirty within 3 seconds of meeting them? Why you keep making the same bad decisions and getting back with your crummy ex? Why you can’t stick to a diet? Well, there’s a reason and we’re ready to be direct AF with you by behaviorally breaking down the situation and identifying the function in a way that any average Joe or Jane can understand.Liat Sacks, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA and Casey McDaniel, M.S., BCBA are your soon to be BFF’s because they make this crazy, “random” world make sense through the lens of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Break-ups: They are tough AF but guess what? You will survive. When you are going through one you think it will never get better, you can’t survive without that person, who gets to keep the friends? How can you be alone? OMG...the list keeps going. But guess what “A breakup is like a broken mirror, It it better to leave it broken than hurt yourself trying to fix it.” In Episode 15, Liat and Casey talk about the craziest ex stories, how painful breakups are, and analyze this all using behavior analytic principles.
Whether its poker, blackjack, slot machines, or lottery tickets, it’s all fun and games until it’s not. Today on our show we have an amazing, brave guest, NAME, who is sharing the reality of the dark side of a gambling addiction. Our guest has struggled with a gambling addiction that affected so many areas of her life negatively. We are going to discuss the behavioral principles in play regarding gambling. This one is going to be raw and real as always so tune the F in.
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If you or someone you know has a gambling addiction, reach out for help. It can happen to anyone. National gambling hotline 1800-522-4700
Related Research Articles:
The first is the establishment of a behavior-analytic journal devoted to the study of gambling behavior. The journal, Analysis of Gambling Behavior, published its first issue in 2007. #CheckItOut
Dixon, M. R., Wilson, A. N., Belisle, J., & Schreiber, J. B. (2018). A functional analytic approach to understanding disordered gambling. The Psychological Record, 68(2), 177-187. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40732-018-0279-y
Weatherly, J. N., & Dixon, M. R. (2007). Toward an integrative behavioral model of gambling. Analysis of Gambling Behavior, 1, 4–18.
Weatherly, J. N., & Flannery, K. A. (2008). Facing the challenge: The behavior analysis of gambling. The Behavior Analyst Today, 9(2), 130-142. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/h0100652
Today on Episode 13 we have Chauntae Gold, M.Ed, BCBA on the show. She is doing some wicked cool stuff with ABA and fitness/nutrition. How many times have you started a new diet but couldn’t stick with it? How many times have you signed up for a class or gym membership and never went? How many times have you started a 30-day challenge and not make it past the first week? We have been there baby and Chauntae is here to tell you that it is NOT because you are lazy or that you lack discipline. It is because you do not have a clear plan and solid foundation of daily habits that support your long term goals. Tune in to hear all about how you can use behavior analysis to change your habits that will allow you to gain optimal health and live your best life!!
Follow Our Guest Here: @thepathtogold
Health, Sport, and Fitness ABA SIG: hsfgabai.com
ACT workshop: catalog.pesi.com
Basic Nutrition Certification: Precision Nutrition- For folks who want to learn about the fundamental principles of nutrition!
Unconventional Medicine: Chris Kresser. This is a book that describes the current chronic health crisis in America and how behavior change is the missing piece to our current healthcare system.
Automic Habits: James Clear
On episode 12, you get just the behavior bitches! Today we lighten up a bit and talk all about trends. #Trending. How do trends happen. Is there a conspiracy to make your clothes go out of style every other month? How the hell do you keep up with these trends? Do you remember when butterfly clips were all the rage? Like you could not get enough of those clips in your hair. In a world of social media there are always people posting new styles and things you just HAVE to buy to be cool right? Lets behaviorally analyze this and have some laughs at the throwback trends.
Show notes: Some of the articles we mentioned on the podcast!
Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-. (2002). The tipping point : how little things can make a big difference. Boston :Back Bay Books
On episode 11 we get right to the point: Anxiety sucks. Whether you’re overthinking that email you wrote in response to your boss or thinking about what might happen at dinner with your new dude you met on Bumble; you get the whole anxiety thing. Ever feel like you’re falling and it won’t stop? Do you feel like you’re overwhelmed AF by everything and nothing at the same time? Are you always on edge? Why the F won’t my brain stop going and going? When you’re finally “relaxed” and then you acknowledge the fact that you aren’t anxious in that moment, so now you’re anxious #FML. If you can relate way too much to all of this tune in today’s episode. We have Andrea Kotler, an OG BCBA, here to talk with us about #anxiety and the behavioral principles behind it.
The Happiness Trap: Russ Harris
Get out of your mind and into your Life: Steven Hayes
*Important: We are in no way professionals in ACT or CBT therapy. We are just two chicks who love to read, research, and find healthy ways to help deal with anxiety because that shit is hard.*
On today’s episode we have Tobey Lass (Liat’s supervisor from back when) on to discuss an issue that we all know way too well: Online Shopping. Wait what, why are there 73 Amazon packages at my door? Um, excuse me you actually think I am going to order something on your website if you don’t have free shipping? I guess I need those pickle shaped bandaids because they are so cute and the blogger I follow uses them. If I don’t like it I can always return it. Holy sh*t those Gelly Roll Pens are on sale. I do have 4,547 already but I totally need this pack. Buzzfeed lists of the 25 items you NEED to make your life easier. Sold! Sound familiar? Then tune in!
Weng, M. L. (2015). Antecedents and consequences of e-shopping: An integrated model. Internet Research, 25(2), 184-217. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IntR-11-2013-0247
Jayawardhena, C. (2004). Personal values' influence on e-shopping attitude and behaviour. Internet Research, 14(2), 127-138. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/10662240410530844
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On today’s episode we have Liat’s sis, Talia Solomon AKA the Marketing Queen as the special guest. Talia has had some big wig jobs like working for Bravo, Showtime, and currently WW #weightwatchers. We are so lucky she is related to Liat and gave us this time! Talia tells us how brands break-through and build relevance in an increasingly cluttered advertising environment. As you guessed it, it involves behavior and we are the catalyst to break it down for you! As always, Love ya. Mean it.
Global Autism Project’s slogan is Autism has no Boundaries. Fortunately, neither do we. How much do we love this. ALOT!
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Behavior Bitches you get the hook up. Just use code BEHAVIORB to wave the application fee. But hurry, this code is only good until Aug 8th.
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Also go check out the Daily BA and his recent video on the Global Autism Project
Application due soon for feb so get on it if you want in!
Episode 8 baby. Feeling Great. We are back and excited to have one of our faves, Lauren Milburn on the show. She is opening up to us about her personal experience with eating disorders. Society has made it hard AF to live up to the expectations of what women should look like and apparently CARBS are BAD. GTFO. Healthy eating and exercise is the answer and Lauren is the epitome of that. We think this is a kick ass topic and something that everybody should listen to. As always we keep it real, raw, and relatable. Love ya, Mean it.
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Anderson, C. M., Hawkins, R. P., Freeman, K. A., & Scotti, J. R. (2000). Private events: Do they belong in a science of human behavior? The Behavior Analyst, 23(1), 1-10.
Snyder, K., Lambert, J., & Twohig, M. P. (2011). Defusion: A behavior-analytic strategy for addressing private events. Behavior Analysts in Practice, 4(2), 4-13.
Taylor, I., & O’Reilly, M. F. (1997). Toward a functional analysis of private verbal self-regulation. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 30(1), 43-58.
Eating Disorders and Behavior Analysis
Beatiz Meyer, S. (2008). Functional behavior analysis of eating disorders. Journal of Behavior Analysis in Health, Sports, Fitness and Medicine,1(1), 26-33.
Lappalainen, R., & Tuomisto, M. T. (2005). Functional behavior analysis of anorexia nervosa: Application to clinical practice. The Behavior Analyst Today,6(3), 166-177.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/RFT
Blackledge, J. T. (2003). An introduction to relational frame theory: Basics and applications. The Behavior Analyst Today, 3(4), 421-433.
Harris, R. (2006). Embracing your demons: An overview of acceptance and commitment therapy. Psychotherapy in Australia, 12(4), 2-8.
Harris, R. (2013). The illustrated happiness trap: How to stop struggling and start living. Boulder, CO: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Torneke, N. (2010). Learning RFT: An introduction to relational frame theory and its clinical application. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
The Happiness Trap: Stop Struggling and Start Living Russ Harris
Lifting and Behavior Analysis
Moore, J. W., & Quintero, L. M. (1997). Comparing forward and backward chaining in teaching Olympic weightlifting. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 52(1), 50-59.
Right to Effective Treatment
Van Houten, R., Axelrod, S., Bailey, J. S., Favell, J. E., Foxx, R.M., Iwata, B.A., & Lovaas, O. I. (1988). The right to effective behavioral treatment. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 21(4), 381-384.
Episode 7 is all about training your furry animals so that you actually want to spend time with them. We have StudyNotesABA alum on to tell us her story about how she is training her dogs using applied behavior analysis techniques. Guys, we are telling you this science can be applied to EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING! Tune in to listen to the three of us try to figure out how the F to train our animals and really just figure out our lives. #hotmessexpress
You NEED this resource as a new BCBA!
Recommended Reading: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6151118/ - Quick Summary: Clicker training includes the use of shaping to establish behavior, the presentation of discriminative stimuli (or “cues”) to signal which behavior will be followed by reinforcement, and the use of reinforcement rather than punishment (Ferguson & Rosales-Ruiz, 2001; Pryor, 2009).
In episode 6 we dive into how the F to keep employees happy through the field of organizational behavior management. Organizational Behavior Management is one application of ABA. Special guest Dr. Maggie Pavone is here to talk to us all about OBM and how the science of applied behavior analysis extends to many fields, not just autism. She is funny, smart, and relatable (duh, just like us). We talk about how to make employees stick with your company,why non-compete clauses suck, and the importance of providing feedback in a way people prefer. Tune in because we know you missed us last week.
Journal of OBM
Series of 4 books called “OBM Applied!” (Most readable).
Aubrey Daniels, “Bringing Out the Best in People”
If you haven’t picked up on the theme by now, we can analyze the behavior in anything (impressive huh?). In episode 5 we are covering a very serious topic: Addiction. We are lucky to have a special guest joining us who is a recovering addict and is brave enough to share her story. Liat and Casey break down the topic of addiction using behavioral principles and discuss how F’ing hard it is for people who are addicts to stop engaging in addictive behaviors. When people hear the word “addiction” they immediately think of substance abuse but people can be addicted to a variety of self-reinforcing behaviors including constantly checking your phone, checking social media, exercising, sex, food, abusive relationships, gambling, etc. So this episode is really for everyone. Whether you are struggling with addiction or know someone who is, tune in for a real AF episode. Love ya, mean it.
If you want some cool, extra research to read through while on a summer tropical vaca, read these:
Introduction to The Special Issue on The Behavior Analysis and Treatment of Drug Addiction
By: Kenneth Silverman, John M Roll, and Stephen T Higgins:
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And a cool article on the use of a replacement behavior to maintain sobriety:
Silverman, K., Holtyn, A. F., & Morrison, R. (2016). The therapeutic utility of employment in treating drug addiction: Science to application. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 2(2), 203-212.
On this episode we have two special guests joining us to give us advice on how you can live your best life and be financially free AF. Our first guest describes herself as the “financial freedom queen” and the second guest is a professional financial advisor, wicked smart. We are so excited because we both need all the help we can get in this department. Are you someone who is living outside of you means and constantly charging your Southwest credit card just to get miles? GUILTY. Are you just starting your adult career and have no idea WTF a Roth IRA is or how you should be saving for the future? Well if so, we got you covered in this episode. Grab a notebook and a pen and write this advice down. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this. Love ya, mean it.
On today’s episode we have two BFFS with opposing views. Liat, a hardcore behaviorist and Nina, a mentalistic psychology graduate student. We invite you into our cliquey friendship to see how two people can see one situation completely differently based on their theoretical orientation. We analyze some anonymously shared experiences of abuse from the behavioral and psychological perspectives.
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On episode number 2, Liat and Casey talk all about the function of behaviors and how they relate to your tiny emotional terrors. Have ever found yourself taking extra long on the toilet just so you can scroll through social media? Do you find yourself giving your child what they want so you can get a minute of Goddamn peace? Do you find yourself envious of everyone else's kids who are actually listening to their parents at the park, like little angels? Well this podcast is for you, and even if you don't have kids yet (which both of us do not) you will want to hear this episode. We also have a special guest on the show who is ready to share all her mom fails and hilarious kid stories. Love ya, mean it.
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In our very first episode of the Behavior Bitches podcast we open up about who we really are and talk about the dreaded hell that many of us are all too familiar with...dating. We talk about love being responsible for you feeling high AF one second and crying on the bathroom floor after one too many tequila shots the next second. People, if someone is showing you that they are an asshole, believe them. Seriously trust your gut. Why do we feed into douchebag behavior? Why are we making the same bad decisions in every relationship? Girlfriends, cut that shit out.
Liat and Casey use their behavioral expertise to shed some light on WTF is happening behind the scenes of swiping left and right. This podcast is for anyone who is currently dating, has sworn off dating for life, or who is dating “the one”. We don’t care; just listen to us!
If you are interested in knowing why we behave the way we do, are looking to start a career in applied Behavior Analysis, or just curious about the most interesting science ever, subscribe now and get ready for the debut of Behavior Bitches! Join Liat Sacks, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA and Casey McDaniel, M.S., BCBA every week as they explain why people do what they do.
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