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Sparkly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:38 PM
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18. Very interesting thoughts, Frenchie!!
I'd never thought about it this way before, and I completely agree the "don't want" messages are very powerful. (Notice how often Republicans like to chide Democrats for being "negative" and insist we should be well-mannered and "positive."... It's their favorite free advice -- they win with the negative.)

Also, reaching back to some dusty memories of college, I seem to recall that experiments on "operant conditioning" (Skinner rats) showed aversion to pain is a stronger motivator than seeking pleasure. So that would go right along with what you're saying.

Thanks for the food for thought!!
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