Dance Moms – When Positive Reinforcement Goes Wrong

Positive ReinforcementEarlier this month, I discussed the derisive style of Jillian Michaels, the yelling, pushy, abusive “coach” on “The Biggest Loser” television program. I noted that her aggressive, in-your-face approach to goad her charges to exercise and lose weight were mired in negative reinforcement, which drives avoidance behavior, promotes fear and doesn’t inspire optimal results. Her behavior evidently results in good television for those who enjoy watching others being demeaned, and it’s concerning enough when the abuse is geared at adults. However, there’s also another hit series, “Dance Moms,” which goes one step further and does the same to children (and their mothers)…Read my latest Talent Management Post to learn more.

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