Lost, Empty, and Stuck: The Pitfalls of Negatively Reinforced Behavior

posted by Bryan Landaas, LCSW Lost. Empty. Stuck. I often hear these words uttered when people describe what’s brought them into my office for therapy and I have found a striking commonality: their day-to-day activity has somehow evolved to consist primarily of negatively reinforced behavior. What’s the significance of this? First, let’s do a super-quick tutorial on operant conditioning. Operant …