Chapter 10

Students with a power goal want to engage adults in a

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Unformatted text preview: ler believed that people want to feel that they are important and that they belong. Dreikurs suggests that when children and adolescents find they cannot belong or feel important through socially acceptable means, they misbehave. However, their misbehavior is not random; it is goal-directed. The goal, whether students are aware of it or not, is to find a way to feel important. 52 The nature of students’ misbehavior informs teachers of the type of importance students are seeking. Dreikurs identifies four goals for misbehavior. They are summarized for you in Table 10.3 (appears at the end of the chapter). For some students, the goal is attention. The faulty belief is that they can only be important if people pay attention to them. Seeking attention is positive, but these students demand it. A power goal is based on students’ faulty belief that they can only feel good about themselves if they are in charge or keeping adults from being in charge. Students with a power goal want to engage adults in a power struggle for control. Extremely discouraged and hurt students may seek reve...
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