Are you or someone close to you engaging in self-defeating behavior or experimenting with high risk? If these impulsive decisions are overruling judgment it can be dangerous and push important people away from you. By understanding why the rebellion is occurring there is an opportunity to grow in a way that is valuable and less damaging toward others.

Rebellion is something that can cause people to go against their own self interests, parents and relationships in support of their own self-esteem. There are a couple of different types of rebellion – such as that of non-conformity and that of non-compliance. The person who is displaying this behavior might enjoy asserting their individuality from others and from their parents. The behavior opposes rules and norms that are supported by the community. Rebellion creates a resistance toward structure, guidance and peaceful supervision. It can lead to different types of harm depending on the severity of it. Rebellion is appealing to some because it builds independence and creates a challenge. The person who is participating in the behavior might decide to go against the norm because it poses an identity that they desire. Counseling is effective in treating rebellion by giving the patient a secure environment where they can discuss any frustrations that they have toward themselves, their household or community.

When Rebellion Becomes Unhealthy

Rebellion becomes unhealthy when it starts to turn into an activity that hurts people and organized systems. If someone is dealing with their feelings, concerns or personal challenges in a way that is dysfunctional it can put them in a worse predicament. At times, this is a product of confusion toward development and feeling satisfied with one's own identity. If you oppose rules more it's important to question the reason behind your behavior. Reasons vary and having a misunderstanding toward your own feelings can also be scary – especially, when it starts to get in the way of effective systems put in place for the community. Organization and compliance is necessary for the greater good so that people can do what they want with their lives in a way that is safe and beneficial to others. Without these rules it would be difficult to learn, grow and develop safely. Rebellion often disturbs the peace especially when it is associated with carelessness to friends, family and mentors.

How Rebellion Affects the Family

The nature of adolescence can cause people to desire freedom from their parents although they also crave acceptance. Family influences us throughout our teenage years and their support as we are developing is essential to our health. If a child is used to absolute independence from their parents it is more likely that they won't listen to them if discipline arises. To the person who is doing the rebelling, consequences might seem out of line and random if they do not take these rules seriously. Each situation between a family and a child usually has to be assessed if it is the cause of the behavior. It can be easy for a family to throw up their hands and walk away from the situation out of stress and fear. If loved ones can no longer take the pain associated with this behavior its common that they will give up and pretend that the activity isn't occurring. It can be a parent's nightmare to have a child who rebels destructively; ignoring everything they may have been taught throughout their childhood. Therapy helps during this time by elaborating on the relationship furthermore. It also looks into the child to see whether or not there is frustration behind their expression.

How Therapy Can Help

Behaviors that are impulsive and defiant also point to someone who is still developing. When the person is able to see some of the long-term consequences associated with their behavior they can learn how to control impulses so that they do not hurt the people around them. Therapy is helpful in treating dangerous behavior because it is supportive of the patient's opinion and allows them to express their objection openly; this ability to express themselves in a secure environment can help them come to a deeper understanding of themselves. The child will have the opportunity to talk about family values and how they feel toward the rules or disciplinary action in the home. This is respective counseling that builds trust. When the teen can define their own behavioral expectations and the consequences it might help create awareness toward their self-expression. When the patient has the opportunity to talk about why they act the way that they do, they can learn how to go about the development process in a way that is more contributive toward themselves. Therapy will help a child, teenager and family when they are in need of guidance and a safe environment where they can express their pain and frustrations openly.

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