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Post Reply Which do you think is more effective, rewards or punishments?
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Posted 2/25/15
Efficiency of rewarding or punishing parenting style ?

Efficient to which purpose ?

If you wish to raise a kid that won't take risks, won't hurt others, won't be disrespectful, then you should go for the punishing style.

If you wish to raise a kid that will exercise caution, will help others, will show proper manners, then you should go for the rewarding style.

And to make it easier, you should maybe explain why some things are good and others are not. Most kids like to be in team Good. It's after puberty that team Evil start heavy recruiting (mostly because they don't understand in which team is sexualisation).
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A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Positive reinforcement seems to be really good at getting whatever behavior you're after, but negative reinforcement can be significantly impacting. Negative reinforcement and aversive effects can help to keep children away from bad behavior, but it's really the positive reinforcement which increases good behavior on a more lasting basis. Even something as mundane as a bag of cookies can make a filthy room miraculously transform into a clean one, and when that doesn't work the threat of throwing away every toy still on the floor after a given period tends to give the necessary push. It just has to be a credible threat, you can't halfheartedly say it.
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Posted 2/25/15 , edited 2/25/15

imphic wrote:

It depends on the situation, but from what I remember from AP Psychology is that negative reinforcement (i.e., doing something undesirable to the subject until they have done the desired action) is the most effective.


This actually leads into what i was going to say. Across the animal kingdom it has been shown that rewards, positive reinforcement, is the best method.

The trick, however, is knowing what is desired by the person you are trying to condition, and what the appropriate rewards are.
Posted 2/25/15
Rewards keep me calm (Unless I don't want any.). Punishments make me angry (I don't follow the punishment to the best of my ability (RL, not online.).
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Posted 2/26/15 , edited 2/26/15
They talk about this in pretty much every Intro to Psych class. Positive reinforcement vs Negative reinforcement. As a rule, positive reinforcement has more positive results (pun intended). All that said and done, there's more depth to it than that, since there's also Positive and Negative punishment (sounds redundant, I know) and results vary based on a lot of factors. That being said, when it comes to training my dog, positive reinforcement all the way!

And just in case anyone is curious to know more:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinforcement
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Posted 2/27/15
Rewards.
In my experience punishments often don't fit the crime and tend to be excessive.
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Posted 2/27/15
Rewards because I personally know that punishment doesn't motivate me to do anything.
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Posted 3/12/15
for me i think punishments are more effective cause no one would wanted to be punished. even though it's a negative effect it has more impact than rewards.
Posted 3/15/15
Punishments can work if done right and the situation is right. Most kids get sent to their room, or get grounded which is pretty much what they want. When i was a kid i got sent to the hallway and just had to stand there doing nothing. That wasn't my idea of fun.

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Posted 3/16/15
Rewards, people work harder for rewards than to avoid punishment...
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Posted 3/16/15
Depends on the situation. Use a reward to motivate somebody to achieve something. Use a punishment if they abuse the situation.
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Posted 3/16/15
I think different people react differently to things. I am easier to encourage with a reward than a punishment but some people don't care for encouragement.
Posted 3/16/15
Reward breeds narcissism... would say, that's cool
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Posted 3/16/15
Punishments are good for getting people to stop doing something.

Rewards are better for making them actually do things.
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