On ACTING: Training and Rehearsal: Behavior Modification
An actor's training in general therefore consists of identifying general unproductive behavioral patterns from an actor's everyday life, one's that are dull, uninvolving and pedestrian, and correcting for them. For example, actors who in everyday life 'whine' or quit under duress, or move away instead of toward an adversary in conflict, or hide emotions so deeply within themselves that they seem emotionless--all behavioral patterns that while perhaps logical to survival and peace in everyday life, de-dramatize an acting performance--must learn to modify their on stage or on screen behavior so that in any performance they not only live logically but also excitingly. They learn on stage to "win, not whine; solve, not suffer"; and enjoy engaging in confronation, and are unafraid to feel and be revealed in front of an audience. These kinds of exciting acting behaviors--only a few of a good actor's learned behavioral modes--creates the fullest and richest experience for the viewing audience.