What is more powerful/painful for you guilt or punishment?
Side Score: 8
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Punishment makes me angry at the individual who inflicts it. Punishment makes you forget it was your fault and this is why ex-criminals hate the cops. I'm not saying guilt is an effective way of dealing with crime, but imo guilt does weigh on my mind a lot more than being punched in the face.
We are dealing with two kinds of pain here.
Emotional and Phsysical.
Pain for the most part is for our benefit.
Emotional pain can help us to fix our relationships(which are essential to psychological health), say you feel guilty and feel are compelled to apologize. That can help your relationships.
Although emotional pain (guilt) is essential to our psychological health, guilt can always be fixed physical pain can not.
Side: physical pain
Guilt > Punishment.
Regret is one of the most powerful motivators of all time. Punishments end after a while but guilt follows you. Even if you have no actual consequence, if you did something that bad, then your guilt will eat you alive. Punishment is always gone after a period of time.
A human mind will only allow it to inflict so much pain on itself before it stops.
Someone else could potentially inflict pain far beyond what one could do to themselves however.
One could claim that the inner pain felt is greater than physical pain.
This is a rose colored myth however.
It's nice to think we're so noble that that were true.
But the fact is a human can die from physical pain,
one cannot die of guilt though, no matter how much it hurts.