This-essay is a7712271.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %NEED TO REBEL 771227 Adolescents need to rebel in order to enjoy a unique personal identity. If they do not declare their independence from their formative others, they will be little more than a re-play of their childhood --- acting out the roles they observed as children. Rebel action is essential until the adolescent experiences affirmations of the unique self and the power of self-affirmation. Rebellion must be directed towards some object. The adolescent thus needs something, somebody, some-power--- against which to rebel. The absence of an object of rebellion will occasion the creation/appropriation of an object to serve that role---whether reasonable or not. The essence of the rebellion is not the denial of the object of the rebellion---but the search for the affirmation of a unique personal identity. Often rebellion is directed against authority and/or symbols of authority. The usual reaction is a reaffirmation of the authority and a denial of the propriety of the rebellion. That denial robs the adolescent of the needed affirmation of a unique personal identity---and the rebellion continues. The battle between authority and the adolescent will continue futility unless the essence of the rebellion is recognized and the unique person is affirmed. This will not occur if authority, traditions, legalism, etc. are regarded as of ultimate importance. The rebellion will be fulfilled only by the acceptance of the adolescent's need for unique affirmation. When the rebellion is fulfilled adult behavior may develop. Adolescent rebellion protects each society against outdated ways. A society that preserves all traditional ways will not be flexible enough to deal with major environmental changes. Rebellious adolescents are more likely to recognize environmental changes and respond in creative new ways which are wisely adaptive. Their need to rebel is an expression of the species need to be adaptive. Attempts to stifle, rather than fulfill, their need will thus be unwise. Ways should be sought to fulfill adolescent's needs for rebellion --- while at the same time helping them recognize whatever values there may remain in traditional ways. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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