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In this view, the task when dealing with an unworkable thought is to change the form of the thought, just as a computer may be changed by replacing memory chips or by changing software. ” ACT is a derivative of behavior therapy in the sense that it addresses cognitions and other forms of behavior from a contextual behavioral viewpoint. At the same time, it rejects the mechanistic content-oriented forms of many behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatments. Analytic Goals in Contextualism There is a final feature of functional contextualism that is related to the pragmatic truth criterion: its goals.

The opinion of the community about its history). ” If the child puts on a coat to get warm, under the control of a history of such rules accurately describing the likely temperature, then the behavior is tracking. The Pliance–Tracking Distinction Developmentally, tracking is more subtle than pliance, inasmuch as no new consequences are added to the ongoing situation by the rule. In the case of pliance, new speaker-mediated consequences are suddenly present once the rule is given. In the case of tracking, they were there all along.

The basic analytic units and truth criteria of scientists are not the results of analysis—they are the means of analysis. ” All one can honestly say is, “These are my assumptions and standards. ” When alternative assumptions and standards are encountered, the differences can be pointed out nonevaluatively or one can temporarily take on the assumptions of the other to see whether they are being applied consistently or to see what consequences they have relative to their own purposes. Anything else is dogmatic and dishonest.

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