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Respondent Conditioning
Respondent conditioning

Alice knew it was the Rabbit coming to look for her, and she trembled till she shook the house, quite forgetting that she was now about a thousand times as large as the Rabbit and had no reason to be afraid of it.

—Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1865

Bill felt anxious when he was criticized by his employer. He said he often became depressed after these encounters. In a role play of such situations, Bill perspired heavily, his face turned red, his breathing became rapid, and he rapped his knuckles against each other. His hands trembled, and he made excuses in replying to the criticism.


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