The relationship between rebellion and success has a psychological explanation

Like almost everything in life, the rebellious It has its pros and cons.

A rebellious son it is any parent's worst nightmare. They are never satisfied, neither with the food, nor with the clothes, nor the rules and, of course, doing homework is not usually among their plans. Punishments do not intimidate them; indeed, they make them stronger and, as a consequence, destroy the forces of even the most vital of adults.

However, as I said, not everything is cons. In fact, according to a study recently published in the journal Developmental Psychology, rebellious and contested children become successful adults, with great jobs and dream wages. But why is it?

The study that demonstrated the relationship between success and rebellion

Logically, if these researchers had decided to start today to see how children's behavior influences their work success during adulthood, the study would take a few decades to give results. So they chose to search the archives of the MAGRIP study, from Luxembourg, which was carried out in 1968 with data from 3,000 sixth grade children.

These files contained a lot of information, from academic results until economic situation of the familygoing through a brief report on his behavior, written by the teachers. In addition, they also contained the I.Q of children and the responses of a questionnaire who analyzed their habits and social skills.

When comparing the MAGRIP results with the social and employment situation of those children, almost fifty years later, they discovered that the majority of those who had been rebels and mavericks, they got to get job positions of great responsibility and, above all, very well paid.

How does psychology explain these results?

The life of a child seems easy when we look at it from a distance, but when we are little what today seems insignificant, for us it was a world. Getting your mother to let you go out at Christmas without those stockings that itched so much or to let you get up from the table without finishing your lentils was a dursima negotiation that required all our persuasion skills and, above all, our nonconformity.

Those children who did not settle for lentils without protesting, have become adults who do not accept a job for a salary any, professionals who are not willing to allow anyone to step on them and, above all, successful People in the life.

Despite everything, the studio has two clear cons. On the one hand, what may have been considered rebellious fifty years ago may not be so, according to the less strict lifestyle we have today. On the other hand, it could be that the labor advantages obtained by these rebellious children have not been obtained in the most ethics possible, so it will not be something so beneficial.

Be that as it may, parents of the world, do not despair. Your children may be pulverizing your patience, but it may also be that in a few years they will compensate you with an apartment in Torrevieja. It is a good consolation.