The Perfected Self - The Atlantic
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Positive reinforcement, meet Quantified Self.
When an organism is in some way prompted to perform a certain behavior, and that behavior is "reinforced" with a pat on the back, nourishment, comfort, moneyÃÂ¢the organism is more likely to repeat the behavior. As anyone who has ever taught a dog to sit or a child to say "please" knows, if the cycle of behavior and reinforcement is repeated enough times, the behavior becomes habitual, though it might occasionally need a booster shot of reinforcement.