My favorite kind of research that I come across is research that pertains to me specifically. Obviously, I mean it’s the easiest type of research to relate with and understand right? Well, I recently came across an article over at Inc.com that basically suggests that bad kids make better adults. I am also fully aware that my parents read just about everything I write and, no, this is not a written form of justification for my actions as a kid.
Being the “Class Clown” Leads to Being More Connected
A Recent study shows that the kids that act out in class, even the ones that do so to the point of being a distraction, are actually more engaged. It seems counteractive, but the study suggests that these children acting out shows that they have a better sense of what is going on around them – like their classmate’s reactions, as well as more highly developed communication skills.
Talking Back Leads to Better Choices
For parents, there are probably few things that drive them crazier than a child that has a tendency to talk back. For teenagers, there are probably fewer things that drive them crazy than their “overbearing” parents. As it turns out, that talking back that spurs so many arguments between parents and kids serves to strengthen those teen’s resolve as they get older.
Researchers found that teenagers who talked back on a regular basis were more likely to establish better boundaries for themselves and gave in less to peer pressure.
Breaking Rules Leads to Being Successful
For some reason, it turns out that kids who defy authority on a regular basis turn out to be more successful as adults.
An article that was published in the journal Developmental Psychology suggests that there is a link between kids who are habitual rule-breakers and success as an adult. Some experts speculate that the connection has to do with people’s willingness to step outside the box as adults and in business. Some experts speculate that the connection has to do with people’s willingness to step outside the box as adults and in business.
Being A Daydreamer Leads to Being Independent
One seemingly “bad” trait children can have is having their heads in the proverbial clouds. But sometimes that’s the best place for their young minds to be. Kids that spend time off in their own little world are flexing their imaginations, and as adults that make them less reliant on the people around them for entertainment or validation.