What triggers a stronger response to a situation: Fear or Reward
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I believe that fear causes a larger response to any given situation. We work harder for self preservation than we do for a reward of any kind. Of course, the amount of fear and the size of the reward will have to be proportional.
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There are two parts to this question. Is the situation long term or short term? I thank you for bringing this up. I still believe that Fear is the lager stimulate in both situations.
In a short term situation, as in a split second or pop up scenario, we will work harder to resolve the problem or accomplish a task if there is a risk of self harm or another form of punishment. Take a child as an example. If a child is told to clean his room and that if he does, he will receive a piece of candy, the child will clean his room. But I'm not asking if the room will be clean, I want to see how hard the child works to have the room cleaned. If the child is told that he will be spanked if he does not have his room clean in a thirty minute period, the child will work much harder to achieve a clean room. He would take his time if presented with reward, but will clean faster and more efficiency if presented with the alternative punishment. I use my own experiences as a child as a reference.
As for the long term, look at governments across the globe with military and dictator rulers. They rule with fear and accomplish a larger amount in a given time than we do. Our government is based of trust, hope, and yes, reward. Although we have make many advancements and accomplished a lot, these tyrannical leaders work fast and efficiently. The child can also be a good example, a parent who uses the fear of punishment to teach their child life lessons will probably succeed in doing so more than a parent uses candy to teach a child.
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I do agree with you that some force is good. Children need to be disciplined and not be babied or they will never be ready for the real world. However, to me children are different than adults. While a piece of candy and spanking can be used for children, I do not think that the same system can work for teenagers and adults. Take a job for example. Let's say that as a boss or employer all you do is threaten them that if they do not do their work they will get fired. While this may be effective in the short run, I think that as time goes by and there are no other rewards for working harder, people will eventually just do their work and do a poor job. On the other hand, if you simply just establish a general idea that you must do your work or you will get fired as well as rewarding those who work harder than others whether it being a raise or a promotion, in the long run you will get workers that are much more productive and hard working. Most people want to be rewarded for hard work in the end and not just be in fear of losing their job. It is true some force and fear is needed but their needs to be a balance. Yes, dictatorships do have some productive workers but that does eventually fade away as in communism eventually every does get tired of working hard for no extra money and will eventually overturn the system.
Now I have headed your argument for the long term, what are your thoughts on short term. In a short term situation, reward will be dwarfed by fear. When in fear, we move and react faster, think clearer, and feel less due to adrenalin. Tell me these factors don't cause you to work harder. The comment I mentioned earlier is a great example. You would work harder to keep your legs attached to your body than to gain. Humans always work harder for self preservation. Thank you Ofek for your insight.
I have one more point. If presented with a reward, there is also the fear of not obtaining this reward. So in a way, when presented with reward, you are still propelled by fear. The fear of losing said reward.
Thank you for this debate.
Yes, fear of keeping your job is probably greater than reward and is overall better in the short run. However, I still think that in the long run there has to be some sort of reward for working harder. While you may be afraid of losing your job, you still will not have any incentive to go beyond whatever the mandatory work is. Without any kind of advancement or positive feedback, there is no incentive to go beyond whatever the minimum is. Also, yes, there is a fear of not getting a promotion but it is not what is the drive of working harder. Those who want the promotion will do anything to get it but if in just fear of losing their job, they will do whatever the minimum is that is required.
I hope you understand my point and this was an enjoyable debate.
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Vote Placed by FuzzyCatPotato 2 years ago
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