Why Labels Get In the Way of Behavior Change

When we label any individual’s behavior, person or pet, we get in the way of solving it. Why is that? Why is labeling so easy and yet so unhelpful? Well, let’s reframe. If we tell a child they are stupid and slow, the child understands us. The label becomes a part of the child’s self worth. It also becomes part of our perception of them. But somehow we expect by name calling and labeling a person we will shame them into better behavior. Even the research on people that shows it doesn’t work! But yet we do it all the time. But our pets are different right? So what? They… Read More

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