Looking at Oppositional Defiant Disorder through Jason’s Eyes

Please meet Jason*.  He loves sports.  As I write, I can picture him telling me blow-by-blow how he made the winning shot in his last basketball game.  This was an experience I had with Jason many times. Jason is a talented skateboarder and basketball player, and he enjoys football and soccer, too. His favorite video…

Mentoring Adolescents on Power Development and Expression–Part Two

Welcome back! We are going to continue our discussion on the value of opposition in adolescence by turning to power development, assertion, and expression. I propose that, due to our current political environment, there is a need to have all hands on deck when it comes to the good fight, which includes adolescents.  The good fight…

A Symbol

Take a moment and really look at the above image. Study it. Study the color and shapes. Imagine its texture. What comes to mind when you look at the image? What emotions arise as you view this image? Do you feel empowered, disempowered, or indifferent? Do you know its name? Do you know what this image represents? What are its…

The Story of Adolescence as told by Psychology, Sociology, Neuroscience, and Others

In my last post, “Opposition as Advocacy,” I raised the question, “if opposition in itself is not a problem, could it be a means to a desired outcome?” I say, yes!  I made the claim, “To make a difference, bring about a change, or move forward sometimes requires opposition or a fight.” I support my claim of opposition as advocacy, especially…

Why not opposition in adolescence, who really has a problem with it?

In my welcome post, I painted a picture of the need to see oppositionality in adolescence as a normal part of development. Oppositionality is one of the ways in which adolescents come into their own. It aids them in developing a separate sense of self, purpose, and identity, as well as valuing connections and interdependence, and it…

A New Take on Opposition

WELCOME TO A NEW TAKE ON OPPOSITION! A website dedicated to changing the conversation on opposition in adolescence. Oppositionality in adolescence has become synonymous with oppositional defiant disorder.  Caregivers, authority figures, and institutions of authority in our society show little to no tolerance for an adolescent who opposes existing norms, rules, expectations, and the status quo…