Some Problems with Using Punishment. Psychology


  • A person who uses aggressive punishment acts as a model for aggressive behavior.
  • Normally has only a temporary effect on behavior.
  • Encourages avoidance of punishment and not the undesired behavior itself.

Ways to Make Punishment More Effective

  • Meted out immediately after the undesired behavior and done consistently.
  • Pairing the punishment of undesirable behavior with the reinforcement of the desirable one.