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Why when an authority figure tells me what to do, do I feel angered? Especially if they yell or talk down to me, it makes me want to rebel. Why?

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Dr. Jacqueline Williams
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In brief: Childhood Trauma

Often children who grow up in homes with a parent(s) who are very rigid, punitive, controlling, and restrict verbalizing feelings/ asking questions (authoritarian parent) will either engage in rebellious behavior as adolescents/young adults.
Growing up in this type of home restricts a child's ability to express his/her frustration or explain his/her behavior out of fear of negative consequence.

In brief: Childhood Trauma

Often children who grow up in homes with a parent(s) who are very rigid, punitive, controlling, and restrict verbalizing feelings/ asking questions (authoritarian parent) will either engage in rebellious behavior as adolescents/young adults.
Growing up in this type of home restricts a child's ability to express his/her frustration or explain his/her behavior out of fear of negative consequence.
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