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Four Steps Model
Step 1: Identify the Behavior
Step 2: Understand the Effects
Step 3: Identify the Cause
Step 4: Avoid Mistakes

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The Agitator


  • Tries to cause trouble—and appears delighted with it.

  • Gets others to do or say what he or she would not do or say.

  • Brings up old controversies, cries "unfair," stirs up hostilities, and causes as much trouble as he or she can.

  • Tries to appear to be an innocent bystander in any trouble he or she causes.

  • May act upset, stir others to rebelliousness, then walk away from the group when the disturbance is about to take place.

  • Usually gets other children in trouble more often than he or she gets in trouble. More often than not, does not get openly and publicly involved—but operates from the sidelines.

  • Hits, pushes, and trips siblings when out of sight of parents—then says the brother or sister "started it" if problems result.

  • Starts rumors to create turmoil.

  • Plays other people against one another, including parent against parent, teacher against teacher, or child against other child.

  • Often provokes physical confrontations between other people.

  • Consistently immature and irresponsible.

  • Tattletale.

  • Seeks the attention of others.

  • Appears to operate without loyalties, even to those regarded as friends.