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Satisfied with Second Place

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Satisfied with Second Place

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

  • Can always identify classmate who is first.

  • Won't really compete against first-place student.

  • Usually believes he/she is only worthy of second place. Though a top student, seems to have a sense of inferiority.

  • May fear failure.

  • Sees accepting second place as security against having to keep first place.

  • Reveals this stance in many situations: academics, sports, getting in line.

  • Seems to make no comparison between him/herself and others, which is a healthy stance. However, always talks of being behind first-place student, and this alters his/her self-concept.

  • May idolize-or resent-first-place student.

  • Often very well liked.

  • Humble.

  • Considerate.

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We are labeling behaviors, not children! For the sake of convenience, we will describe behaviors with terms such as The Whiner or The Interrupter.

Never use such labels when talking to—or about—children! Doing so could cause many new problems and seriously damage the teacher-student or parent-child relationship.