In psychology, the idea of positive punishment is to reduce the probability of a behavior's recurrence by following it with a negative stimulus. Positive punishment uses an unpleasant stimulus to discourage undesirable behavior, as opposed to negative punishment that removes a favorable stimulus to accomplish the same purpose. The concept of positive punishment is similar to positive reinforcement but this time following the behavior with a negative stimulus rather than a positive one. 

    A classic example of positive punishment is when an individual touches a hot stove. The action of touching the stove will burn them and in the future they will not touch the hot stove due to the pain they felt from doing it the first time. The action that occurred from touching the stove will discourage the individual from doing this again.

    There are many reasons why positive punishment can be beneficial. I believe that when this happens naturally that there are benefits to it but if it is forced it can be harmful. For example, when this happens naturally such as the stove situation it is beneficial. When this does not occur naturally such as an individual getting hurt in a situation where they normally wouldn't this can be harmful. 

Below is a link that explains positive punishment and how it can be beneficial. In contrast I have additionally included a link that demonstrates how this could be harmful.  

Helpful: https://www.healthline.com/health/positive-punishment 

Harmful: https://psychcentral.com/health/positive-punishment 


  1. Very interesting blog! I agree positive punishment's are very beneficial unless they are forced. The stove example was a very good example it helped me understand more of where you were coming from.


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