Alternate Rebellion

Ideas for Alternate Rebellion

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The following ideas were generated by DBT participants to offer nondestructive ways to express rebellion. Choose ideas appropriate to the situation. Choose ideas that will not be harmful to someone else in your environment.
  • Give an honest response instead of a polite one
  • Speak out rather than staying quiet
  • Dress in a countercultural style
  • Challenge statements when you disagree
  • Choose mediocrity rather than drama
  • Drop out of things that are not effective
  • Follow your passion rather than your expectation
  • Wallow in creativity
  • Give yourself time to play
  • Explore
  • Say no to family when they ask for a favor
  • Leave the light on all day
  • Get a butterfly tattoo
  • Write a letter to the editor
  • Run instead of walking
  • Turn up the volume
  • Food fight
  • Roll down all the windows
  • Play a different style of music
  • Leave things out of place
  • Shout or scream alone
  • Cheat on a food plan
  • Kiss your dog on the lips
  • Wear clothes that don't fit right
  • Express unpopular political views
  • Sleep late on Saturday
  • Wear jeans to church
  • Throw out plastic containers
  • Get your ears pierced
  • Fly a gyrocopter
  • Turn up the bass on rap music
  • Look into alternative religions
  • Buy something impractical
  • Break out of roles expected of you
  • Change your color preference of clothing
  • Do things out of order
  • Do things out of character
  • Seek your own interests
  • Don't cook
  • Don't clean house
  • Buy a bird
  • Go against a suggestion from another
  • Be yourself with an attitude of "if you don't like it, don't look."
  • Print a slogan on a T-shirt
  • Buy a bumper sticker
  • Develop your own web page
  • Express a diversified viewpoint
  • Make up your own. . . .
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