Ratio Strain

This term is used to describe a situation in which the required amount of work (or responses) no longer produce the desired behaviors that were previously produced by lower requirements.  For example, you give your daughter $5 for cleaning her room. A month later, you pay her the same amount for cleaning her room and your bedroom as well –she’s fine with that. On the third month, you require her to clean her room, your room, AND the kitchen—she doesn’t care anymore and would rather not have the $5 you used to give her.

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