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What are the differences between direct and indirect control?

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Direct and indirect control speak to controlling or instituting changes in people or a system, from systems of government to ecosystems. For example, governments often use methods of indirect control to manipulate the country's economic state.

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Direct control, used to shape or modify behavior, such as a teenager's rebellious ways, might include such direct actions as grounding the child or taking away privileges. In a system of government, direct control on a market might include imposing purchase restrictions or rationing of a commodity, such as gasoline, forcefully reducing demand, thus manipulating the price.

Indirect control in a social or behavioral setting might recognize that meeting all of a person's needs may leave no reason to engage in illegal or illicit behaviors. On a governmental level, indirect methods of manipulation may include imposing higher taxes on personal income, decreasing the amount of goods purchased.

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