“…researchers and educators are noticing that young people are also more sensitive to notions of social justice and autonomy. Teenage rebellion can be virtuous — even wholesome — depending on the situation. A new study…finds that teenagers make wiser choices if they are encouraged to reimagine healthy behavior as an act of defiance.”
Check out this article titled Can Teenage Defiance be Manipulated for Good?
Now, “manipulation” may be too strong of a word. Coming from my earlier career in advertising and my education-based knowledge of sociology & psychology, I like the idea of “reframing” adolescent defiance and seeing it as a powerful tool for good. “Adolescents have this craziness that we can criticize — or we can tap into…”