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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

Related Behaviors
The Alibier
The Crier (Who Claims Foul)
The Excuse Maker
The Griper
The Loudmouth
The Objector
The Questioner
The Vindictive
Behaviors At School

The Complainer

Behavior: Specific attitudes and actions of this child at home and/or at school.

  • Whines and cries about situations-as well as about what he/she has to do. Acts as if he/she has a persecution complex.

  • Usually lazy.

  • Doesn't have materials or assignments, but always has excuses.

  • Because of lack of self-motivation, uses complaining as a form of rationalization.

  • Repeatedly points out the errors and weaknesses of others in an attempt to get out of doing things and bolster his/her own ego.

  • Seeks attention with comments such as "I never get to go first," or "I don't see why I have to do it; nobody else does."

  • Acts as if he/she is the only one who does anything-but, in reality, does very little except complain.

  • Often seems to be very bored.

  • Argumentative and questioning about decisions, rules, deadlines, etc.

  • Shows irritability the minute an excuse doesn't work.

  • Does just enough to get by as far as class work and assignments are concerned.

  • Generally speaking, has a poor self-concept, and is not held in high esteem by peers.

  • Seeks attention by complaining.

  • May use standard responses, such as "Oh, man," "I never get a break," or "You're on me all the time."