The Smart Aleck
Behavior: Specific attitudes and actions of this child at home and/or at school.
- Makes "funny" comments that actually go far beyond humor. And the cutting effect is intentional.
- Often rude, and usually disrespectful. Different from the smartmouth; the smart aleck's misbehavior includes both word and deed.
- Has been overindulged by adults.
- Tries to act superior to others.
- Attempts to cover an inferiority complex with this type of behavior.
- Denies, and hides from facing, the feeling of inferiority. Is fooling him/herself-and possibly others.
- Is the first to say, "You can't talk to that teacher." Whenever this student is wrong, he/she starts talking about being mistreated.
- Thrives on "getting a reaction" from others.
- Seldom says nice things about others.
- Zaps others as soon as they let their guard down.
- Has no relationships with adults.