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In its common usage, praise is the act of making positive statements about a person, object or idea, either in public or privately. Praise is typically, but not exclusively, earned relative to achievement and accomplishment. Praise is often contrasted with criticism, where the latter is held to mean exclusively negative statements made about something, although this is not technically correct (see also Blame).

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In religion, praise is an impassioned exaltation of God (ie. a Supreme Being, or Creation), typically as an expression of gratitude for one's life or being. In other cases, praise may be tied to more situational aspects of living, such as health and prosperity.


Praise and psychology

Most people are responsive to praise and will increase in self-esteem or confidence if a suitable amount of praise is received. Some psychological theories hold that a person's life is comprised largely of attempts to win praise for their actions. However, some people are less affected by or even averse to praise, for example people with autism[1] or schizoid personality disorder.


Praise and children

Common advice is that praise should not be given to children without reason[2][3].

  • Reward the attainment of specifed goals, not just participation, of the child.
  • Praise small changes and successes. Waiting for perfection may take forever.
  • Be descriptive and specific with praise.
  • A lot of praise is required to outweigh one criticism. Researchers suggest a ratio of 6:1.
  • Ensure praise being given to the child is deserved.
  • Encourage good behaviour with praise, rather than pointing out bad behaviour.
  • Praise progress is in relation to an individuals past progress, NOT compared with others.
  • Teachers should NOT praise uninvolved students for not disrupting the class.

Praise and religion

Praise is an integral part of many religions, for example Christianity and Islam, which hold that God is a supreme being who is worthy of praise. The Biblical book of Psalms is a collection of hymns and poems, many of which praise Yahweh.

In Christianity, the word refers specifically to extoling or exalting God and his attributes. Praise can be a portion of a service of worship, a period of singing ("praising God") usually before the more formal part, hence the term "praise and worship" to describe the whole event.

See also


  1. ^ Kasari C, Sigman MD, Baumgartner P, Stipek DJ (1993). "Pride and mastery in children with autism". J Child Psychol Psychiatry 34 (3): 353–62. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.1993.tb00997.x. PMID 8463373.  
  2. ^ Can Adults Praise Children Too Much?, Ellen R. Delisio in Education World, 2000, accessed 23 December 2008
  3. ^ Praise and encouragement, Raising Children Network, accessed 23 December 2008

Bible wiki

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From BibleWiki

Praise is the act of telling God that you love him. It goes hand in hand with Worship, and is one of the fundamentals to having a strong relationship with God, and is therefore one of the fundamentals to many Christians.


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