Dr. Phil McGraw says the best predicter of future behavior is past behavior. Do you buy that?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    And the most consistently accurate weather forecast is "Today will be much like yesterday." ;-)

    I think the statement about behavior isn't far off the mark.

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  • mJc
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    It's not like he came up with this all on his own. It's a psychological phenomenon. Past behavior IS the best predictor of future behavior. It doesn't mean someone can't change, but it still can give you a good idea of what might be.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, I do not agree with this statement....as people age and mature, they change. So what they did in the past may not be prevalent in the future. This is why I think Dr. Phil is full of crap!

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  • 1 decade ago

    No. Let me give you an example:

    If you jump off the top of a skyscraper without a parachute, it is extremly unlikely that you will ever do so again. So in that case, past behavior is the worst predictor of future behavior.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Depends it the person has changed. For example if they quit drinking years ago, or they have matured. I think it really matters what kind of behavior you are referring to.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes,I do believe that.We are creatures of habit.We have our own way of viewing life that is set in chilhood. Yes, with help people can change.But it takes a lot of willingness to work at it.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes and if a person decides to change they need Gods guidance, without it they will remain the same.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Dr. Phil knows best!!!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes. people do what they know and will repeat that behavior in a similiar situation unless they are taught other ways to respond.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, and contrary to the false hopes of some, people never change.

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