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Positive Punishment

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Updated March 24, 2009

Definition:

In behaviorism, positive punishment occurs when a negative consequence is applied in response to an undesired behavior. Other behaviors are ignored. Over time, positive punishment can decrease the likelihood that the behavior will continue.

Examples:
Julia has a social phobia that causes her to skip meetings where she might have to speak. She decides that every time she skips a meeting, she will have to do an extra hour of paperwork. The extra paperwork is a positive punishment for avoiding the meeting.
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