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The perceived inability of behaviorism to deal with complex human
behavior has been a recurrent theme among its critics. Although
ingenious and subtle, even Skinner's Verbal Behavior (1957) is widely
faulted on these grounds, in particular, for failing to explain linguistic
generativity (Chomsky, 1959). In Relational Frame Theory: A PostSkinnerian
Account of Human Language and Cognition, Hayes, BarnesHolmes,
and Roche (2001) confidently set out to remedy this situation. In
doing so, they do not subvert Skinner's account by postulating
hypothetical constructs, but instead extend the account by incorporating
the results of a recent program of research known as "relational frame
theory" (RFT). The first half of their text describes RFT and its account of
language and cognition. The second half extends RFT to additional
domains, among them, behavioral development, social behavior, religion,
and educational and psychotherapeutic practices.