I have come to understand and observe the opposition reflex in various contexts. After a brief search I found the following:

http://www.uwsp.edu/psych/dog/LA/distano1.htm
He adds a different twist to what seems to be normally taught, using two collars and a good-guy / bad-guy approach. He also describes a method where corrections are purposely done in a way that the dog does not see them coming from his handler, so the opposition reflex is not directed back at the one seeking control. He cites Kohler (1962).
http://www.superdog.com/advice-pages/forge.html
(mostly a discussion on collars)
http://www.amazingdogtrainingman.com/audio/opposition.htm

This is an audio clip that explains this in common sense terms. He recommends a GL, and also reward-based cooperative methods.

I think Jerry would benefit from having a similar web page with audio clips. He suggests a text-to-voice converter. This would be much better.

http://humanresources.about.com/od/leadership/a/decision making.htm

This is not exactly about opposition reflex, but I found it interesting. It touches on how people make decisions and the role of solid training as a foundation for effective handling of emergencies.
http://www.pet-manual.co.uk/showthread/t-1532.html

I was surprised to find many hits (www.dogpile.com) referenced Jerry's postings, and it seems like this website is devoted to his manual! It is a series of archives, without dates, but interesting.

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Recently I think I have observed the opposition reflex in non-physical, human terms. For instance, when one my posts opposed someones predetermined mindset, I would often see a reflexive response in direct opposition to what they interpreted it to mean. In turn, their direct opposition to my point of view, or their special spin or erroneous comments, triggered my opposition reflex and sometimes induced me to reply hastily. Knowing this, I can use it to my advantage, or at least understand why people (or animals) act as they do.
I am surprised that Jerry does not seem to recognize or use this in his online efforts to convince people to try his methods. I'm sure he has written off most everyone here, but his extensive abusive attacks are sure to trigger an opposition reflex, resulting in emotionally charged responses and no dialog.
I see the opposition reflex often with Muttley. I'll try to use it, or reduce its occurrance, as I continue with his training.

Paul and Muttley
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I see the opposition reflex often with Muttley. I'll try to use it, or reduce its occurrance, as I continue with his training. Paul and Muttley

Your are polluting Jerry's method by interjecting those of others, trashing the experiment
Recently I think I have observed the opposition reflex in non-physical, human terms. For instance, when one my posts opposed someones predetermined mindset, I would often see a reflexive response in direct opposition to what they interpreted it to mean.

That's not what you're seeing at all, El Stupido! What you're seeing is called the Corrective Reflex.
For example, when an irresponsible drunk driver slams into a telephone pole at 80 mph, he experiences what's called a "Corrective Reflex."

Or when some doofus tries to steal money from certain old farts (like those noted in the links below), they get pounded into the ground, or shot.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,286847,00.html http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-628subway,0,1807670.story?coll=sfla-home-headl... Again, those are examples of the "Corrective Reflex" in action! It's a Darwinian thing, and we need much more of it.
And since on the Internet we can't really physically pound you into the ground, or shoot you, whenever you say or do stupid, irresponsible things (which you do pretty much every time you open your big fat mouth or walk a step), we do the next best thing we can and throw barbs at you.
It's not as much fun as pounding you into the ground or shooting you would be, but it'll have to do, and it's FREE!
And as soon as we can afford to hire a ring-girl, we're going to raise ticket prices!
I am surprised that Jerry

Speaking of Jerry, aren't you due for another lesson with him yet?

#1B?
Yo, Jerry!
Wherre aare yoou?
Oh, Jerr-reey!
"Shane come back, Shane!"

Handsome Jack Morrison
Yo, Judith! Watch this: "When your government becomes your doctor" http://sickandsickermovie.com /
Don't mess with old farts (especially if they've ever worn the Eagle, Globe & Anchor)! Part One:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,286847,00.html Part Two:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-628subway,0,1807670.story?coll=sfla-home-headl...

Free condoms for Mexico!
http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=062807C
Immigration bill goes down in flames! Yip-ee-i-oh, yip-ee-i-ay!

Freakin' arrogant putas.
"Cloture Passes and I Re-assess My Patriotism"
http://shotsacrossthebow.com/archives/002724.html
Control-freaks from the "reality-based" community are at it again! http://www.examiner.com/a-801194%7EGet your hands off our talk radio.html

Way to go, Vikings!
http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2007/06/for-mohammedan-free-denmark.html

United States 2, Mexico 1
Too bad, muchachas putierrez! Better luck next time, putas! http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/24/sports/soccer/25goldcup.html ? r=2&ref=soccer&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
I see the opposition reflex often with Muttley. I'll try ... occurrance, as I continue with his training. Paul and Muttley

Your are polluting Jerry's method by interjecting those of others, trashing the experiment

Hey, hey, hey! This is no holds barred fighting!
Schoen can do whatever he wants to do!
So can Howe!
May the best doofus win!
Yee-hah!

Handsome Jack Morrison
Yo, Judith! Watch this: "When your government becomes your doctor" http://sickandsickermovie.com /
Don't mess with old farts (especially if they've ever worn the Eagle, Globe & Anchor)! Part One:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,286847,00.html Part Two:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-628subway,0,1807670.story?coll=sfla-home-headl...

Free condoms for Mexico!
http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=062807C
Immigration bill goes down in flames! Yip-ee-i-oh, yip-ee-i-ay!

Freakin' arrogant putas.
"Cloture Passes and I Re-assess My Patriotism"
http://shotsacrossthebow.com/archives/002724.html
Control-freaks from the "reality-based" community are at it again! http://www.examiner.com/a-801194%7EGet your hands off our talk radio.html

Way to go, Vikings!
http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2007/06/for-mohammedan-free-denmark.html

United States 2, Mexico 1
Too bad, muchachas putierrez! Better luck next time, putas! http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/24/sports/soccer/25goldcup.html ? r=2&ref=soccer&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
I see the opposition reflex often with Muttley. I'll try ... occurrance, as I continue with his training. Paul and Muttley

Your are polluting Jerry's method by interjecting those of others, trashing the experiment

No. For now I am gleaning and processing information, but attempting to follow Jerry's method as closely as possible. The opposition reflex is specifically addressed in his manual, and I am adding nothing new to my training. A deeper base of understanding is always helpful.

I tried a few more brief "hot and cold" exercises today, in several locations, but the result is always that he stops pulling, sits, lays down, or rolls around, without looking at me. This continues whether or not I praise him or "engage him in conversation". Only when I tell him we will continue on the walk, or otherwise provide him with direction, does he briefly pay attention, and then go where he wants, except for changes I choose to make.
Paul and Muttley
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I tried a few more brief "hot and cold" exercises today, in several locations, but the result is always that ... with direction, does he briefly pay attention, and then go where he wants, except for changes I choose to make.

Muttley's training of you is coming along nicely I see.

Marcel and Moogli
Your are polluting Jerry's method by interjecting those of others, trashing the experiment

No. For now I am gleaning and processing information,

...and coming up with your usual results - nothing!

Nada. Zilch. Zero.
And that's using a "guaranteed 100% fool-proof" method!

Imagine the horror, had it only been, say, 75% fool-proof?
I tried a few more brief "hot and cold" exercises today, in several locations, but the result is always that he stops pulling, sits, lays down, or rolls around, without looking at me.

Hell, 99% of all dogs can do that, and without having to study so hard!
But please don't give up yet!
Please, please don't!
We've sold thousands of tickets to this match, the folks at AOLBB are just now getting to their seats, and even Paris Hilton has promised to stop by and show us her beaver!
Don't give up!!!

Handsome Jack Morrison
Yo, Judith! Watch this: "When your government becomes your doctor" http://sickandsickermovie.com /
Don't mess with old farts (especially if they've ever worn the Eagle, Globe & Anchor)! Part One:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,286847,00.html Part Two:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-628subway,0,1807670.story?coll=sfla-home-headl...

Free condoms for Mexico!
http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=062807C
Immigration bill goes down in flames! Yip-ee-i-oh, yip-ee-i-ay!

Freakin' arrogant putas.
"Cloture Passes and I Re-assess My Patriotism"
http://shotsacrossthebow.com/archives/002724.html
Control-freaks from the "reality-based" community are at it again! http://www.examiner.com/a-801194%7EGet your hands off our talk radio.html

Way to go, Vikings!
http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2007/06/for-mohammedan-free-denmark.html

United States 2, Mexico 1
Too bad, muchachas putierrez! Better luck next time, putas! http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/24/sports/soccer/25goldcup.html ? r=2&ref=soccer&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
No. For now I am gleaning and processing information,

And turning it into compost, apparently.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

Prouder than ever to be a member of the reality-based community
I tried a few more brief "hot and cold" exercises ... where he wants, except for changes I choose to make.

Muttley's training of you is coming along nicely I see.[/nq]Once again, I repeated the exercise, for about four minutes in each of four locations. He pulled as usual to the first location, and it took some effort to have him stop on a loose leash, within 10-20 seconds or so. At one point he glanced at me, and I said "Good boy, Muttley", and he started moving to resume his walk. He was facing away, so I could not see his eyes roll, or hear him mutter under his breath. But he sat down, looking away, and further praise produced no response.

He did his usual rolls and occasional wandering, but mostly stood or sat there. He responded on my second announcement that we would continue our walk, and we went a short way before repeating the exercise in another area. After four repetitions of this, he seemed more manageable, and did LLW on our way back to the house. As we got there, a neighbor from down the street passed by, and Muttley was very attentive. I exchanged greetings with him, and he continued on his way.

Muttley pulled a little to get closer, but was certainly not clawing his way to get to him. He would not come back when called (that is a future lesson), but after a brief pat on his head he turned around and went into the house.
None of this behavior is particularly new or surprising, but as part of a specific and consistent training exercise, it may be showing some improvement.
Stay tuned. You people are so easily amused!
Paul and Muttley
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