Stubborn children more likely to turn into successful adults: Research

Stubborn children more likely to turn into successful adults: Research

New York, United States (Web Desk): A recent study has claimed that stubborn children are more likely to turn into successful adults than others with willing attitude.


there is some good news for parents battling with strong-willed kids. According to researchers, the strong-willed kids or stubborn children will likely to grow up into successful adults.

For most parents with more than one child, there is usually that one kid that tests your patience more than the rest. From the time they were toddlers, they pushed the limits and this did not get better as the years go by. These are the kids that defy you well into their teenage years and make you want to pull out your hair in frustration. But then, this study says you should hang in there, that it will pay off eventually.

In 2015, a study published by the American Psychological Association, children who defy authority are more likely to become academic overachievers and high-earning adults.

The research was conducted by analysing children between the ages of eight and 12 years old. Such traits as academic conscientiousness, entitlement, and most importantly, defiance were assessed. Forty years later, the researchers looked back on this earlier data to see how they had become as adults.

It turned out that those who were rule-breakers as kids evolved into adults who earned a high income.

The study itself did not offer an explanation as to why there was a correlation between stubborn children and their later success. However, in a Time article that made a report on the study, writer Donna Gorman said it was possible that the strong-willed personality of these children might make them more competitive in the classroom, leading to better grades.

Also, as they become adults, they are probably the ones most likely to be more demanding when it comes to such scenarios as salary negotiations and they would fight harder for their financial interest even if this meant offending or annoying friends and colleagues.

Clearly, these qualities that may be annoying in children become very beneficial as adults. So, the next time your stubborn child looks you dead in the eyes and do the one thing you told her not to do, take a deep breath and remind yourself, “this kid will probably be somebody’s boss someday.”