A restaurant that fails because its food didn't taste very good.
A restaurant that thrives because it bounces back from initial failures to adapt food and service towards greatness.
Breaking a toy by throwing it down some stairs.
Failing a test because you didn't study.
Getting fired for mediocre performance.
Getting into a car accident because you were distracted while driving.
Getting into a top university because you have superior study habits and have expended massive effort.
Getting promotions, big bonuses and respect for being more productive and committed than most of your coworkers.
Losing a friend because you were often inconsiderate towards them.
Behavioral LearningNatural consequences act as a type of positive or negative reinforcement that represent a foundational type of behavioral learning.
Lack of ConsequencesWhere the effects of your actions are always tempered by an outside force your behavior may become quite negative, destructive and detached from reality. For example, if a government stepped in to clear debts and fund every business that fails -- businesses would have no incentive to produce quality products or to maximize customer satisfaction. If this were done at scale, production of value by the economy would rapidly decline towards zero.
Natural Consequences and ParentingNatural consequences can be used as a parenting approach. Children must be protected from natural consequences such as getting injured by doing something dangerous. However, parents may allow certain natural consequences to filter through in order to help their children to mature and align their behavior to real world conditions where parents don't fix everything. For example, a parent who doesn't immediately replace a toy when it is broken through misuse.
|Overview: Natural Consequences
The inherent effects of a behavior in the real world.