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Goals Of Misbehavior
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Dinkmeyer, McKay, & Dinkmeyer have provided a summary table describing the goals of misbehavior. The table includes a statement of what the child is thinking or believing, how the adult responds, and some guidelines to help the teacher change the child's resulting behavior.
 
Goals of misbehavior
What child is thinking
How adult feels and reacts
Child's response to adult's action
Some corrective guidelines
Attention  I count only when I am being noticed or served.  Annoyed; wants to  remind, coax.  Temporarily  stops disturbing action when  given attention but soon continues;
-may begin new behavior to gain attention.
 Ignore when possible; give attention in unexpected ways;
-give attention for positive behavior; never give attention on demand.
Power  I count only when I am dominating, when you do what I want you to do, when I can do whatever I want.  Provoked,angry; generally wants power; -challenged; "l'll make him/her do it";  "You can't get  away with it."  Intensifies action when reprimanded; 
-child wants to win, be boss:  defiance.
 Withdraw from conflict; act, rather than talk; 
-be friendly.Establish equality; 
-redirect child's efforts into constructive channels.
Revenge  I can't be liked;I don't have power but l'll count if I can hurt others as I feel hurt by life.  Hurt; "How can he/she do this to me?";  -retaliates, tries to get  even.  Wants to get even;  -makes self disliked.  -Seeks further revenge.  Maintain order with minimum  restraint;  -avoid retaliation or punishment.
-Take time and  effort to help  child. 
-Build trusting relationship.
Display of inadequacy   I can't do anything right so I won't  try   to do anything at all; I am no good  Despair, hopeless, discouraged; "I give up."   No reprimand therefore no reaction; 
-feels there is no use to try; 
-passive; no improvement
 Encourage any positive effort;
-faith in a child's ability;
-don't give up, pity or criticize.
-Be patient.

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