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25 Jul 2005

AGRESSION AND AUTHORITY
I took my 14 yr old son for an assessment, regarding his subjects for next year and possible career planning as he has a good idea of what he wants to become one day. He is a good rugby player and want to persue a career in rugby or physical science.

The interviewer mentioned to me that he picked up that my son is quite agressive and has a problem with authority and accepting authority (This is quite true) - he will alway argue and try and bargain his way out of things.

Is this something to be very concerned about and if what can be done to develop his personal skills in coping and accepting this.

I would appreciate your help. Thanks

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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dear CM,
Whether this is a matter to be very concerned about, depends very much on degree --- on how severe it is. It won't help greatly with his career aims, as a good team player has to accept the authority of coach, trainer and referee ! Yet, on the other hand, as Purple remarks, a degree of aggression, if it can be controlled and used effectively, could help. I would think that the "interviewer" ( ? a psychologist ?) should have been able to tell you, based on the nature of the assessment, whether counselling would be useful or necessary, and the sort of loca resource from whom you could seek such counselling for him
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