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The last few XOGs have been a little slow on content, but I'm not apologizing and I'm not making excuses. Actually, I've been assimilating and accommodating at a highly unusual rate over the past three or so months (that's right, at age 57 I'm still learning) + my day job is keeping me pretty busy. A work of art takes time and I appreciate you checking in to The March XOG. And please keep checking in... you never know when I might say something insightful or controversial (like ADHD is invented bullshit to make big pharma rich). Actually, I'll try harder -- that statement isn't even controversial any more, is it? I mean, everyone by now knows it's the truth...

The Rule of the Thirds...

We all know about "the rule of the thirds." One-third of students who receive [cognitive-based] counseling show significant progress, one-third stay about the same, and one-third don't benefit at all and maybe even show regression (although hopefully no one is ever harmed in the process). Some behaviorists are quick to criticize this [fact] about cognitive interventions, saying, "Are you kidding me? You're only successful one-third of the time? Why bother? Behavior strategies, when implemented correctly, work 100% of the time!"

I think there is a lot of validity to the concept of "the rule of the thirds," not just in counseling but in education in general. I tell teachers that the chance of counseling success is very similar to what they experience in the classroom: at the end of every school year, the teacher can look back at all of his or her students and about one-third will have experienced outstanding success, about one-third will have, well, progressed through the curriculum, and, you guessed it, about one-third will have fallen behind and not met expectations (and instantly are categorized as at-risk). This means that from a typical class of thirty, only ten meet desired levels of success and progress as hoped (8 girls, 2 boys).

In fact, "the rule of the thirds" seems applicable to all the soft sciences. For example, there's the criminal justice system. You know what I'm going to say here, one-third of the time they arrive at the correct verdict...

As much as the behaviorists don't like or agree, the same rule applies to behavior[ism]: about one-third of the time through the use of behavioral techniques, the student attains the goal (i.e., target), one-third may show some progress (or not), and one-third of the time the behaviors get a lot worse (behaviorists like to call it an "extinction burst" whenever their behavior plans turn to chaos).

The behaviorists like to point out that, IF implemented correctly (i.e., if you would have written a better behavior plan), behavioral techniques would work 100% of the time. But IF is a big word... rarely in schools do things work exactly as they were intended.

Just a thought from an ex-behaviorist during lunch time.

here's link to another view...


"I have a version. It is my personal version. One third of diagnosees have something wrong with their brains. Often they have a different condition altogether. They get diagnosed schiz[ophrenic] as a way of extending insurance benefits. Another third have nothing really wrong with them. They were just having a bad day when they saw an admissions counselor and the occupancy of the associated inpatient unit could allow for an admission. The are being overtreated. The last third have been intentionally labelled with schizophrenia as means of denying them civil liberties, civil rights, constitutional guarantees, and able to stygmatize them. For this third the mental health system has been perverted into a weapon directed toward them and purposed for damage." TBH



Dear XOG Editor,

I'm having a real problem I hope you can help me with. Last week my pinky finger on my right hand started to feel a little bit weird. It kind of felt like it didn't belong on my hand any more. I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but it is the same finger I broke a long time ago playing baseball. I kept shaking my hand all day trying to rid myself of this strange and suddenly expendable extra finger. I even thought about cutting it off. I told my wife I was thinking about cutting my finger off and she said if and when I started cutting off body parts she would leave me. Is it really that easy?

Signed, Tingling Finger

Dear Tingling Finger,

Yeah, it would pretty much be that easy.

XOG Editor


Dear XOG Editor,

Why do you hate behaviorists?

Signed, Curious

Dear Curious,

Gosh, hate is a strong word. I don't hate behaviorists. I'm certain behaviorists are doing just what they were trained to do just like Frankenstein. We can't hate Frankenstein, but we can and hate the evil mad scientist who created Frankenstein.

XOG Editor


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