Service of Bribing Ourselves to Face the Music

November 10th, 2022

Categories: Bribe, Games, Psychology, Reward

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Parents use what one friend calls the “reward system” to persuade offspring to attack a chore. Some dog owners constantly give treats to inspire pups to perform as trained.

Because into every life some rain is forecast many bribe themselves to help face a scary doctor visit or medical procedure; a meeting with a contentious client; a call to customer service at a big business to adjust a mistake or to pay a dreaded visit to an annoying person.

I sometimes do.

I love paper products. When Kate’s Paperie was in business, I noticed a branch of this beloved paper store [long out of business] on the way to a scary medical test and I said to myself, “If you survive this MRI, think of the fun you’ll have visiting the store afterwards.” [If I took tranquilizers, this would have been the moment and I suspect they would have been far more effective to calm me than my promised retail incentive.]

Upside down at a grueling dental appointment yesterday I said to myself “New episodes of The Crown on Netflix launch today!”

When I mentioned to a friend that there will be travel for a nervous-making reason in my future to a hard-to-reach part of town–I avoid subways and am allergic to $30 cab/Uber rides–she made a winning suggestion. She said: “find a great bakery in the vicinity to treat yourself afterwards.” PERFECT idea. I was as happy as a four-year-old on the eve of her birthday.

Do you play such psychological games?

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4 Responses to “Service of Bribing Ourselves to Face the Music”

  1. Linda Levy Said:

    Linda on Facebook: Not really, least not that I’m aware of. But whatever makes life easier, I say “go for it.”

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    You are a brave person. No games necessary.

  3. lucrezia Said:

    Indulging oneself after enduring stressful circumstances is a given. I do it all the time. If I don’t come to my aid, who will?

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Hear hear! I’ll drink to that!

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