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In a society that profits that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.
— caroline caldwell

VIDEO ON REBELLION FROM BIRTH MOTHER ASHLEY MITCHELL: (password rebellion_lhjune)

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MENTAL HEALTH WORK:

When you think about rebellion, do you automatically go to a negative place?  I sure do.  But what if I told you rebellion was not always a bad thing?  Rebellion can be good.  Individuals being willing to speak up about injustices is often viewed as rebellion.  Is that a bad thing?  I, personally, feel that those are moments when rebellion is a very positive notion. 

So, in what places in your life have you been accused of rebellion?  Were they positive or negative accusations?  Being willing to do what is best for yourself and anyone else involved is often viewed as rebellion.  Being willing to like yourself is considered rebellious.  What if we took the first steps to changing that in society?  What if it was actually rebellious to NOT like yourself?  What would our world look like? 

Homework:
Find a way to turn a negative moment of rebellion into a positive moment.  Flip the way you view rebellion.  Acknowledge a moment when you are rebelling against society’s norm in order to make a positive change. 

  1. Do you believe rebellion is positive or negative and why?

  2. Write about a time you rebelled, what the outcome was and what you learned from it.

  3. List 5 rules you have broken in your life and how those rebellions affected you.

GROUP ACTIVITY:

Take a tube of toothpaste and squeeze it out onto a plate. Attempt to put it back in. Once you step out of the space, you can’t go back. BUT IS THAT REALLY A BAD THING? Talk through how you feel.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Books:

  • The Rebel by Albert Camus

  • Living On Your Own Terms: What Is Real Rebellion? By Osho

  • A Rebel Chick Mystic’s Guide: Healing Your Spirit With Positive Rebellion by Lisa Marie Selow

  • Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Media Resources: