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A dog on a leash is restrained, a dog in a cage is constrained. (Wordreference.com)
Anonymous:Thank you for your clarification. Most memorable.
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Anonymous:constraints are prompted by our own internal and deeply held VALUES (standards)
restraints seems to occur in 2 ways
either prompted by our own rational BELIEFS (rules) that counter our emotional feelings, urges or passions
or imposed upon by other people
it is the last "definition" that causes the confusion between the 2 words
is it the values or beliefs of another party that has prompted the imposition of restraints
constraint (being constrained) is the bipolar opposite of drive (being driven)
a person can be emotionally driven to do something or volitionally constrained from doing it
example: Jack's conscience constrained him from keeping the wallet that he found in the forest
restraint is the bipolar opposite of audacity or boldness
a person can be bold or restrained in the face of danger (or when considering rewards versus risks)
bold people quantify the potential rewards before thay quantify the potential risks
example: Jack challenged the lawyer with a boldness rarely seen in a court of law
Anonymous:contraint = barrier.
restraint = opposing force.
If you keep that in mind it's easy to differentiate the two. If you want to do something and someone sets a restriction or a barrier that you cannot overcome then it's a constraint. Theoretically you could constrain yourself by placing barriers ahead, but fighting your own decisions in most cases means finding immediate reasons for the opposite action, which then means you're restraining yourself.
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