In the rehab centre where I work, it’s been pointed out to me that I tend to leave my coffee cups all over the place instead of putting them from where I’d taken them. I started putting them back to their appropriate places, but then found myself wanting to leave cups at the pool, common bathrooms, etc. I caught myself thinking it a few times, which prompted me to look closer behind it.
Clearly, it comes from a rebellious streak to do something that is considered a breach of what is acceptable to the authority or within an institution. A minor thing to leave my cup where it doesn’t belong, perhaps, but it comes from the same place as someone who expresses their rebelliousness through substance abuse. I believe that everyone has a rebellious tendency in them; it’s a self-balancing mechanism to correct any imbalance arising from suppressing our expression in some area of our life.