Monday, December 24, 2012

A Pleasant Christmas Story

Little girl cries on Santa's lap c.1970s A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
Once upon a time . . . 
Sepia photo of Santa hanging stockings on the fireplace. Title For a Good Girl. c.1900s A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
more specifically in the late 1910’s . . .
Santa feeds pigeons. Boston c.1920s
psychologists were searching for some practical application of their new-ish, scientifically-recognized-ish field, like the possibility of training pigeons to drop bombs . . . 
Sepia photo. Creepy person dressed as a Christmas Tree. A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
and Freud (Oedipus Complex, anal fixation, id, etc.) was not going to be particularly helpful to Project Pigeon
Tinted photo c.1960s  Santa hold puppy behind his back to give to a little girl. A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
Psychologist and Professor John Watson, familiar with Pavlov's dogs (Russian physiologist, dogs, bell, salivation, etc.) decided to initiate an experiment involving altering human behavior . . . 
Volunteer Santa Claus arrested in New Jersey. Officer frisks santa at the station. c.1980s A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
pre MK-Ultra (cold war, CIA, Manchurian Candidate, LSD, mind control, etc.) and pre-the Stanford Prison Experiment (college students, $15 a day, unbelievable deterioration of civility, thwarted rebellion, early termination for participants' safety, etc.) . . . 
A very sad litttle girl cries on Santa's lap. c 1970s.A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
but still very disturbing. 
A little girl looks shocked sitting on a toy elephant by Santa. c.1950s. A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
To demonstrate classical conditioning, ("classical" added later when B.F. Skinner created a newer than classical condition) Dr. Watson chose a 9-month-old called Little Albert and documented his attempts to "condition a phobia in an emotionally stable child."
Actress Ida Lupino in period costume spanks a bad Santa. c.1940s.A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com.
Disturbing AND not at all Christmassy. 
Young brothers want nothing to do with Santa. Santa appears to take it with good humor. c.1980s A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
Dr. Watson started by noting Albert, like most emotionally stable children, was not a fan of sudden loud noises. 
A baby cries on Santa's lap while Santa offers him a ball. A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com.jpg
However, Albert did like white lab rats . . .
Baby cries and reaches for parent while sitting on Santa's lap. c.1960s A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
until their appearance was paired with a sudden loud noise. Then Little Albert was no longer a fan of rats (with or without a ruckus).  
Watson moved on to other white, fluffy things. 
Photo with Santa. Screaming kid behind Santa's chair, while Santa looks exasperated. A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
Little Albert generalized the response to bunnies, puppies, a seal-skin coat and . . . 
Little Albert experiment. Dr J Watson conditions little Albert to fear white fluffy things including Santa Claus. A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
Santa Claus. 
Santa visits a little girl in the hospital with two very creepy clowns. c. 1950s. A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
Dr. Watson discussed how little Albert could be desensitized to his new phobia, but busy publishing his success by eliciting a conditioned response and stimulus generalization in an, at one time, emotionally stable child, he sent Albert back to his mother.
A less than enthusiastic little girl stands by a young looking Santa. c.1960s.   A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
So what have we learned? 
Old photo of Santa posing with a little girl riding a donkey. Santa looks very creepy. c.1930s. A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
Santa phobia may have undisclosed causation?

An intoxicated mall Santa holds a little girl who looks unhappy with the situation. c.1970s. A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
Use caution when volunteering yourself, your spouse, your child, or your dog for any experimentation . . .  
Two brothers and their sister sit on Santa's lap. Santa has a black eye. c.1980s. A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com

especially at a college campus . . . 

Santa walks past homeless men and waves hello. c.1980s. A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
or government facility . . .
A very tired Santa listens to two girls while they pull on his beard. c.1940s.A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com.jpg
or any location before 1970?
A sad little girl sitting on Santa's lap reaches for her mother. Santa looks very concerned.A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
While attempting to determine if your child has normal Santa anxiety or a condition requiring medication, do your best to have a Merry Christmas?
Sister and little brother photo with mall santa. Little brother looks distressed. c.1950s. A Pleasant Christmas Story and other stories of Christmas Creepers. marchmatron.com
Wishing you success at both tasks. 
#Christmas #Santa #Psychology #Children #BehavioralScience
Updated 12/22/2017
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