Praneet KaurMemberMarch 31, 2022 at 4:07 PM
Punishments are an imposition of unpleasant outcome by an authority against behaviour that is undesirable or unacceptable. Punishments or its fear is needed to bring a change in the behaviour of humans.
Human behaviour is very unpredictable and it cannot be easily influenced. In my opinion punishment can be a sort of enforcement that can shape people’s actions. If a child is punished for a mistake, he/she will be able to recall the consequences of committing that mistake when a similar situation arises and this will change their behaviour. In a way our mind is able to associate with practical incidents more than mere theory. An Adults mindset is difficult to change as they already have strong beliefs and habits of their own. But if we devise a strict punishment mechanism like criminals being hanged to death wherein no loophole can save them, can instil fear in people and push people to change their behaviour. Humans are affected by losses more than gains and if we can use this in changing behaviour, punishments will be able to influence human behaviour.
To conclude, I would like to say that yes punishments can change human behaviour and there’s a need to devise correct punishment mechanisms for different people depending on the degree of crime/ mistakes done.