• Essential Joseph Chilton Pearce 40
    Punished by Rewards
    punishment and rewards, comparison, competition
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    The early stages of brain development are experience dependent. If the environment is constantly saying no, don’t, the child’s brain adapts accordingly by self-censoring. This limits development on every level. Each negative response is a threat. This shapes the adaptive nature of that brain, rendering a totally different brain structure. By age three or so this stunted adaptive pattern is locked in, and most developmentalists say this is for life. We know they can be changed but at great expense. Schooling is based on the same idea; if you conform you are rewarded. If not, watch out.