• Question: what is wrrong with the mind if you are attention seeker and what can you do to stop this

    Asked by SSBB to Lauren, Richard, Stuart on 18 Mar 2016.
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      Richard Friend answered on 18 Mar 2016:

      I’m no psychologist, but I think attention seeking behaviour is usually to do with positive reinforcement – What I mean is, if someone does something which you would call ‘attention seeking’ and they get the reward they’re seeking, then the brain learns how to get what it wants, so you’re more likely to do it again. You can train people in exactly the same way you train dogs! Not that you should though. I think if you were looking to stop this you would have to promote other behaviours, it’s a lot easier to do that than to get rid of something. I’m not sure how you’d do that though.