Do Shame Punishments Have A Positive Effect?

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Do Shame Punishments Have a Positive Effect?
Parents, teachers, and officers have utilized shame as a punishment. People have used this idea for hundreds of years, as shown in Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter. As of recent studies, psychologists try to decide whether the punishment’s benefits outweigh its drawbacks, authoritative figures must ask themselves, “do shame punishments have a positive effect?”
Numerous enforcers debate whether or not to use public shame as an alternate punishment to save tax payer’s money, and create extra space in jails. Public shaming can range from wearing a sign addressing your crime to writing an “apology ad” for a newspaper to even receiving the same treatment that you dished out. In Florida, a
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This punishment demonstrates an eye-for-an-eye situation. This made the court seem to stoop down to this teenager’s level, setting an example of: you can’t do this, but we can. These may sound reasonable as punishments, and even effective. Before I did this paper I would have agreed with the judges and teachers who gave these punishments. After, However, I feel differently. Several psychologists have found that shaming doesn’t change a behavior. Instead of associating a negative with their actions, people subconsciously associate the negative with themselves. Therefore, the poor decision making continues and can even become worse, the shaming becomes a desensitizer to guilt. People have used shame punishments for a long time, and they still do today, things such as art, music and movies exhibit these behaviors. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift exemplifies these ideas. Before you start laughing at how 13-year-old-girlish that sounds, it’s a rather sufficient example of the effects of shame. Phrases such as “you’ve got nothing in your brain,” and “I go on too many dates / I can’t make them stay,” and several other demeaning phrases cause a person to feel ashamed. In this song, Swift tries to tell people that these mean comments don’t define a person, this shows that people do in fact feel the problem starts with them and not a certain behavior or decision. The classic movie/musical Cinderella exhibits shame through
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