The sensitivity theory of motivation: implications for psychopathology.

  title={The sensitivity theory of motivation: implications for psychopathology.},
  author={Steven Alan Reiss and Susan M Havercamp},
  journal={Behaviour research and therapy},
  volume={34 8},
Sensitivity theory holds that people differ in both the types of reinforcement they desire and in the amounts of reinforcement they need to satiate. People who crave too much love, too much attention, too much acceptance, too much companionship, or too much of some other fundamental reinforcer are at risk for aberrant behavior because normative behavior does not produce the desired amounts of reinforcement. People who are intolerant of even everyday amounts of anxiety or frustration also are at… CONTINUE READING