In my counseling course, and behavior modification course I took last semester, I learned that...
1) Behavior is defined as anything you do or say.
2) All behavior is learned.
So everything you do or say is a learned behavior. From choosing the red car over the white one, to saying yes to that man, and no to this one, or even picking pancakes over waffles for breakfast. Everything you do, everyday of your life is the result of something you learned in the past, and what you do tomorrow will be a result of what you learned today. That means that the concept of free will is only an illusion.
Answer by Anonymous at 3:54 PM on Jan. 18, 2009
Answer by gemgem at 3:56 PM on Jan. 18, 2009
My husband and I were having a conversation about this earlier this morning. We came to the conclusion that while behavior is and can be learned you still have a choice. For example, I have seen in some cases where two children where abused throughout their childhood. One child goes on to be a doctor while the other chooses to do nothing with their life except be a drug addict. Both of the children lived in the same house, both were abused but each one had a choice in how they would deal with it. One chose to overcome it and one chose to let it control them.
Answer by JeremysMom at 3:57 PM on Jan. 18, 2009
Answer by Iskkra at 4:01 PM on Jan. 18, 2009
Answer by Redteux at 4:02 PM on Jan. 18, 2009
Answer by gemgem at 4:03 PM on Jan. 18, 2009
A person may have a pre-disposition toward a certain choice, but their free will determines whether they follow through with it or not.
I believe this to be true for homosexuality as well.
Answer by ReneeK3 at 4:04 PM on Jan. 18, 2009
Not necessarily so to the OP. I have learned over a long period of time to choose foods that are not good for my health and weight. However, when I diet, I use my "free will" to override that learned behavior and make better choices. So, Even though I may have learned to love and choose choc. chip pancakes for breakfast, I now choose oatmeal and blue berries because it is better for me. I am not destined to forever behave in a certain way just because I learned that behavior and made it a habit. I have the free will to break free from that habit and behave in a different way.
Answer by BlessedMommy64 at 4:06 PM on Jan. 18, 2009
Answer by louise2 at 4:10 PM on Jan. 18, 2009
Answer by dtetz at 4:11 PM on Jan. 18, 2009