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The Law Of Effect and Unemployment

December 30, 2010

The Law of Effect and Unemployment

Psychology’s Law Of Effect states: BEHAVIOR IS CONTROLLED BY ITS CONSEQUENCES.

The consequences of a particular behavior determine whether we are likely to repeat that particular behavior (or something similar) again in the future.

If consequences are punishing, the behavior is less likely to occur in the future.

If consequences do not occur at all…no environmental change following a behavior happens…the behavior is less likely to occur in the future.

If consequences are rewarding, the behavior is more likely to occur in the future.

Governmentally arranged consequences for population behavior patterns must be informed by the Law Of Effect, or government will destroy the quality of its population’s behavior.

From the perspective of The Law Of Effect: What do you think the outcome will be of our government continuing to extend the “benefits” of unemployment compensation to our unemployed citizens?

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.


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