Paying Your Kids For Doing Well In School Or Sports Might Actually Worsen Their Performance

Psychology Suggests Otherwise

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Ben White
Photo Credit: Unsplash / Ben White

There’s a psychological principle called the “overjustification effect,” which is a phenomenon where getting externally rewarded for doing something makes you less motivated to actually perform the activity.

For example, if a child is given a monetary reward for practicing basketball every day, he might actually feel less inclined to keep practicing.