To think good thoughts requires effort. This is one of the things that discipline – training – is about.

In its original sense, discipline is referred to systematic instruction given to disciples to train them as students in a craft or trade, or to follow a particular code of conduct or "order". Often, the phrase "to discipline" carries a negative connotation. This is because enforcement of order – that is, ensuring instructions are carried out – is often regulated through punishment. Discipline is also believed to be one of the main pillars of our modern life , according to many different religious beliefs.



Instruct a person to follow a particular code of conduct or order. In the field of child development, discipline refers to methods of modeling character and of teaching self-control and acceptable behavior,[1] for example, teaching a child to wash her/his hands before meals. Here, washing hands before meals is a particular pattern of behavior, and the child is being disciplined to adopt that pattern. To discipline also gives rise to the word disciplinarian, which denotes a person who enforces order.

"Without discipline there is nothing to be proud of". Richard L Kempe.

However, usually the phrase "to discipline" carries a negative connotation. This is because of the need to maintain order – that is, ensuring instructions are carried out. Order is often regulated through punishment.cf.[2]

Methods of discipline

Military discipline

Military discipline refers to the regulation of the behaviors of members of any military, involving rules that govern goal orientation and behavior inside and outside the institution, including the socialization processes that happen in military training[3] Rules of discipline are firmer or laxer depending on the prevalent culture of the military's country or institution.[4] As early as the time of the Roman army, discipline was enforced through military justice, but broader compilations of laws such as the Codex Theodosianus contained provisions dealing with military discipline.[5]

Church discipline

Church discipline is a response of an ecclesiastical body to some perceived wrong, whether in action or in doctrine. Its most extreme form in modern churches is excommunication. Discipline is the assertion of willpower over more base desires, and is usually understood to be synonymous with self control. Self-discipline is to some extent a substitute for motivation, when one uses reason to determine a best course of action that opposes one's desires. Virtuous behavior is when one's motivations are aligned with one's reasoned aims: to do what one knows is best and to do it gladly. Continent behavior, on the other hand, is when one does what one knows is best, but must do it by opposing one's motivations.[6] Moving from continent to virtuous behavior requires training and some self-discipline.

Child Discipline

Child Discipline is the process of teaching children to behave appropriately in different circumstances. This is often done with punishment, either physical or involving loss of property or privileges. It is a vital factor in shaping one’s personality. It is inculcated in the pupils not as an imposition but as a normal growth under the process of training in self discipline and self help through every activity. truly discipline cannot be overemphasized, not even where it has been claimed to exist most. discipline still remains imperative of all. discipline among students: it has been uncovered that 89 percent of the world's indiscipline is identifiable among students, university students more precisely. this is because of the feeling usually experienced by these youngster at their puberty period. they assume pompous lifestyle and engage in all sort of juvenile deliquencies to be appreciated by their peers.


Self-discipline can be defined as the ability to motivate oneself in spite of a negative emotional state. Qualities associated with self-discipline include willpower, hard work, and persistence.


  1. ^ Papalia, D.E.; Wendkos-Olds, S.; Duskin-Feldman, R. (2006). A Child's World: Infancy Through Adolescence (10th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill 
  2. ^ Douglas, Murray A.; Strauss (2007). "Discipline by Parents and Child Psychopathology". In Felthous, A.; Sass, H.. International Handbook of Psychopathology and the Law. New York: Wiley. pp. 1–2. http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2/CP85%20-%20Discipline%20by%20parents-S%2BDoug-Ed%20Book.pdf 
  3. ^ Caforio, Giuseppe (2003). Handbook of the sociology of the military. Springer. pp. 262–63. ISBN 9780306472954. http://books.google.com/books?id=9qJ7dBicsiIC&pg=PA262. 
  4. ^ Caforio p. 243.
  5. ^ Southern, Pat (2007). The Roman Army: A Social and Institutional History. Oxford UP. p. 159. ISBN 9780195328783. http://books.google.com/books?id=b3UHGXny-NwC&pg=PT159. 
  6. ^ Fowers, Blaine J. (2008). From Continence to Virtue: Recovering Goodness, Character Unity, and Character Types for Positive Psychology. 18,. pp. 629–653. 

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