Thursday, November 21, 2013
Well, I have of course been trained by my parents. My mom once tried to train me to not hurt other people through positive punishment. This included screaming, scolding, and isolation. This however did not work. I only learned that hurting people could modify behavior, so I used it more. However, my mom used positive reinforcement to teach me to work hard. Every time I did chores or help my parents in anyway, my parents would compliment me and give me money. However, they never once yelled at me for not doing work. For some reason, I continued to work hard and still do today. My dad will go split wood without asking me for help. I know that not helping him will not lead to any negative consequences, but I help anyways. if my parents tried to use punishment to make me work, I would work less and not as well. I learned that positive reinforcement is the best way to modify behavior, because it is the only one that will not spark rebellion if the person finds out about it. I also learned that making people happy makes me happy and hard work has its own rewards.