Puffed Up With Social Conditioning

, , , , , | Learning | March 29, 2019

(In my sociology class we are talking about social conditioning. My teacher asks for any examples of having been corrected so many times you automatically do or don’t do something. I give my brother as an example. In the class we have [Student] who always has some bizarre story to tell. He gives an example, as well.)

Student: “Ms. [Teacher], I have something. In my Pre-K class, one of the teachers used social conditioning.”

Teacher: “What, [Student #1]?

Student: “She had a blown-up puffer fish hanging from the ceiling. Every time someone would do something wrong, she would yell to them, ‘I’ll stick a pufferfish down your pants!’”

(Silence, then laughter.)

Student: “She would stand under the puffer fish and tap her foot, and we automatically knew to shut up.”

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