Academic Summary of
In Search of My Jewish Mother
The Educational Value
Educational Points
The Jewish Mother Syndrome Is a Metaphor
• Much of the important work, time
management, and self-management we do is
not d...
Preschool Fatalism
• These thoughts and feelings were programmed by
our parents, usually unintentionally.
• If our parents...
Even Jewish Mothers Need
Jewish Mothers
• So, to have a Jewish mother, you need a
Jewish grandmother and great
grandmother...
Subtle Jewish Mothers
• Jewish mothers can be effective by criticizing
themselves and others, without directly
criticizing...
Grade-school Fatalism
– Even trivial little self-management techniques
such as the kitchen timer can stick with us for lif...
Best performance management
– often puts contingencies on accomplishments, not
effort—product, not process.
Jewish-Mother Goals
• Unintentionally, our parents will even set unrealistic
performance standards for us, like working fo...
Sabotaging the Jewish Mother
• But even if one parent is a fairly effective Jewish
mother, that effectiveness can be sabot...
Substitute Jewish Mothers
• But Jewish mother surrogates can continue
setting unrealistic performance standards for
us, th...
What do you do, if your Jewish mother
wasn’t too effective?
• Use performance-management contingencies.
Assignment:
• Write your own behavior-analytic autobiography.
• Search for your own Jewish mother.
• And grandmother.
• Do...
Thank You
• And may your Jewish mother be with you.
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Jewish Mother Essay Guidelines

  1. 1. Academic Summary of In Search of My Jewish Mother The Educational Value Educational Points
  2. 2. The Jewish Mother Syndrome Is a Metaphor • Much of the important work, time management, and self-management we do is not directly controlled by the natural contingencies. • It’s not controlled very much by self-praise. • It is controlled by escape from aversive conditions (thoughts and feelings) that are a result of our upbringing.
  3. 3. Preschool Fatalism • These thoughts and feelings were programmed by our parents, usually unintentionally. • If our parents did not have these aversive thoughts and feelings, they will probably not be able to instill them in us. • If our parents were hard working, super- reliable, super-conscientious, proactive, non- procrastinating successes, then probably we will be. • If they were not, then probably we will not be.
  4. 4. Even Jewish Mothers Need Jewish Mothers • So, to have a Jewish mother, you need a Jewish grandmother and great grandmother, back and back and back.
  5. 5. Subtle Jewish Mothers • Jewish mothers can be effective by criticizing themselves and others, without directly criticizing you.
  6. 6. Grade-school Fatalism – Even trivial little self-management techniques such as the kitchen timer can stick with us for life.
  7. 7. Best performance management – often puts contingencies on accomplishments, not effort—product, not process.
  8. 8. Jewish-Mother Goals • Unintentionally, our parents will even set unrealistic performance standards for us, like working for 50 years, or a life-long marriage. • And they will program values in us that we can’t overcome, even though rationally we know they are silly, like – Be a real man. – Don’t be neurotic. – Don’t be a dumb ass. – Don’t be trailer trash. – Don’t be a loser.
  9. 9. Sabotaging the Jewish Mother • But even if one parent is a fairly effective Jewish mother, that effectiveness can be sabotaged by the other parent, unintentionally or otherwise. • Guilt or a performance contract may be enough to get us out of bed early • but not enough to keep us on task, for example: – the waylaid drum practice – the waylaid writing tasks.
  10. 10. Substitute Jewish Mothers • But Jewish mother surrogates can continue setting unrealistic performance standards for us, the rest of our lives, for example: – Whaley’s daily 6-mile runs, – His daily 3-hour writing session, – Michael’s teaching to the age of 77 – Books saying you should grow your own food.
  11. 11. What do you do, if your Jewish mother wasn’t too effective? • Use performance-management contingencies.
  12. 12. Assignment: • Write your own behavior-analytic autobiography. • Search for your own Jewish mother. • And grandmother. • Do you have them? • Who were they? • Talk to your folks about it. • Talk to your friends. • How successful was your Jewish mother? • What did you get? • What didn’t you get? • You happy with what you got? • Why or why not?
  13. 13. Thank You • And may your Jewish mother be with you.

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