- Ajay Patel
- Stoney Creek
Positive Reinforcement or Negative Reinforcement?
Which is better? When I was young I was raised with both types of reinforcement. While my parents were most likely raised with negative reinforcement. By observing the way my parents (They are immigrants) are today, I can tell that they are very motivated and driven people. What if they were raised differently? Would I be here today?
I live in Canada and there are many children who don't get any negative reinforcement and they tend to become lazy and take advantage of their parents. This kids were raised with positive reinforcement and it didn't really make them the most intelligent and hardworking people. Of course there will be cases where a person with negative reinforcement will be a bad seed and vice versa but I am still interested in this topic.
Also there may be downsides to negative reinforcement, such as negative attitude towards others, depression, anxiety to perform well all the time.
So here is the question for you TED members, what is the more effective way of helping, teaching or raising somebody?