I am interested in a psychologist's perspective to corporal punishment used as a tool to alter inappropriate behavior amongst men. I currently work for an employer who utilizes a holistic approach of management. This includes several sessions of personal development so that the employees may feel empowered in their personal lives and thus more productive in their professional duties. While most have flourished in this enviornment, there is some trepidation among staff due to the element of corporal punishment involved. The employer actually beats employees with a wooden board should their performance be poor or something inappropriate is done or said. This is done in private without the knowledge of other staff or clients, but strikes me as against the spirit of true behaviorism. While our employer studied under skinner and does hold a psychology degree, I fear he has strayed off the path of sanity a bit here, and I would like to formulate a compelling argument (rooted in behaviorism) as to why corporal punishment for 22 - 35 year old men is a flawed approach for altering behavior...
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