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

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Primary Causes of Misbehavior


The need for power also causes misbehavior. Children with this need argue a lot and refuse to follow rules.

Remember, these children usually feel defeated if they do as they are told. They think they are losing if they do what their parents want them to do.

Most commonly, we know these children as the defiant ones, the rule-breakers, and the bullies.

They truly feel that lack of power lies behind all their troubles, and that more power would be the answer to all their problems. If they had more power, they believe, they would be telling parents what to do rather than vice versa and that they’d be happier that way.

You can identify Power as the cause for inappropriate behavior by the feelings the behavior generates within you. When Power is the reason for the misbehavior, you will generally feel Threatened.

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