To what extent is punishment really "effective"? What is effectiveness"?

To what extent is punishment really "effective"? What is effectiveness"?
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To answer the question, to what extent is punishment really "effective"? What is effectiveness"?, one must look at different scenarios at which different punishments could be put on someone. Some of those punishments may be more severe and intense than the others, but it depends on the person(s), that you are trying to punish when determining if it is effective or if it will work. People like the small boy in the 5th panel, should not be receiving a punishment as harsh as Eric and Dylan in panel 3, because his reason for the punishment was very minimal compared to them. In terms of determining if the punishment was effective, I think that a good rule of thumb is that is the person does not repeat their wrong action and/or they learn from their mistakes, then the punishment that was given to them was at the least "semi- effective". In order to answer the question what is effectiveness"?, one could say that something could be effective if you reach your desired outcome or result, by using your punishment. To conclude, if one learns from their mistakes and does not repeat their mistake then the punishment that they received from a certain person or thing would truly be considered effective.

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  • Eric at Therapy
  • " I CAN'T WAIT TO GET OUT OF THIS"
  • Eric and Dylan in the Columbine Library
  • "THIS IS FOR ALL THE CRAP THAT YOU PUT US THROUGH THE PAST 4 YEARS!"
  • Dylan and Eric in Juvenile Prison
  • "THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT DYLAN!!!!!"
  • "THAT'S NOT TRUE, ERIC!"
  • Eric was forced to go to therapy with Dylan as a result of him and Dylan stealing electronics out of the van. This punishment was not effective as Eric had been lying in order to leave the program quickly.
  • Mom grounding her daughter
  • " THIS IS SO NOT FAIR, I HATE YOU SO MUCH!"
  • *SIGH
  • Eric and Dylan thought that they could punish the kids who went to their school, by shooting them. The "punishment" (shooting) was not effective because their motives were guided by anger, and they didn't "achieve their goal".
  • Dad taking away his sons electronics
  • As a result of stealing the electronics out of the van, Eric and Dylan were forced to go to Juvenile Prison until their parents picked them up. This punishment was semi- effective as it "calmed their actions down", but the long term result was more anger from being "controlled".
  • Mom stoping son from vandalizing 
  • "STOP THAT RIGHT NOW! YOU ARE COMING WITH ME!"
  • This mom is grounding her daughter because she went to a party on a school night. Although the daughter is very upset, this punishment is effective because she won't do it again since she knows that she will be grounded.
  • This kid is having his tablet taken away by his dad because he hadn't finished his homework before dinner. This punishment is effective because it is showing the child that he has to take responsibility for his actions, and their will be consequences.
  • "DAD, PLEASE!"
  • " GIVE IT TO ME NOW, YOU KNOW THE RULES"
  • This teenager is throwing rocks and paint at a women's house, and his mom finds out. She tells him that he has to clean her house and write a letter to her, apologizing. This punishment would be semi-effective as he still could do this again when she's not there.
  • "GET OFF MY LAWN"
  • "OH NO"
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