This means that the promise of a reward is a more effective motivation than the fear of punishment.
The carrot represents reward.
The stick represents punishment.
“The carrot is more effective than the stick”
Reward is more effective than punishment.
Think about it.
Question – your opinion
Which is more effective, the carrot or the stick?
Tell us your opinion. Write it in the comments section below.
Reward and Punishment
Look at the word family:
Noun – reward
A reward has been offered for the capture of the criminal who robbed the bank.
Verb – reward
The manager rewarded him for his hard work by giving him a raise.
Adjective – rewarding
My job is not well-paid but it is rewarding because I can work with lots of people and I enjoy meeting people and getting to know them. It is tremendously satisfying. I love people. Life is all about people.
Psychology – Pavlov’s Dog
Have you ever heard of Pavlov’s Dog?
Pavlov was a famous physiologist who experimented with dogs. He rang a bell when he was going to feed them. He noticed that the dogs started to salivate as soon as he rang the bell. The bell was associated (by the dogs) with food.
When he rang the bell, the dogs would salivate.
This response (reaction) is called “classical conditioning”.
A Stupid Question
What is the difference between classical conditioning and air conditioning?
Never lose your sense of humour.
If you lose your sense of humour, your life is over.
A punishment is something that we have to do or have done to us if we exhibit bad behaviour.
Punish – verb
The criminal was punished by being sent to prison.
If you break the law, you will be punished.
Do you punish your children?
How do you punish them?
Punishment – noun
Capital punishment is punishment by death.
Capital punishment has been abolished in most western countries, but not in the United States.
Do you agree with capital punishment?
Punitive – adjective
After Iraq invaded Kuwait, punitive measures were taken.
Iraq was punished for invading Kuwait.
Will the United States, Australia and Britain be punished for invading Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya?
Crime and Punishment
The famous novel by Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky is translated as “Crime and Punishment” in English but some say the translation is misleading as the words “crime and punishment” have a strong legal connotation in English but the Russian novel is more about the personal, ethical, moral aspect of sin and guilt.
Are you Russian?
Have you read Dostoyevsky’s book?