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Volume 10, Issue 4 (1981)

Psychological Interventions

pp. 525—537

Covert Positive Reinforcement (Cautela, 1970) is based on the behavioral principle of positive reinforcement. This principle holds that if a behavior is followed by a reinforcing event,then the probability of the behavior occurring again will increase. In using Covert Positive Reinforcement (CPR) procedures, the target behavior is presented as a covert event such as a thought, visualization or feeling (Cautela, 1970; Scott & Rosenstiel, 1975; Mahoney, 1974). The subject is initially trained to produce vivid images of the behavior to be increased (e.g.,approaching a snake or elevator) and the reinforcing activity (e.g., basking in the sun on Miami Beach or driving a sports car).

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