19th Century justice - Victorian Crime and Punishment

A series of experiments conducted by researchers affiliated with Princeton University has found that punishment is only satisfying to victims if the offenders change their attitude as a result of the punishment.
“Revenge is only ‘sweet’ if the person reacts with a change in attitude, if the person understands that what they did was wrong. It is not the act itself that makes punishment satisfying,” said Friederike Funk, a Princeton graduate student in psychology and one of the researchers. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about revenge that backfires.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel when someone hurts you? What do you want to happen?

Art Prompt: Revenge

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about wanting revenge, then finding out that it didn’t satisfy you.

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