Negative Behaviour

  1. Meaning And Types Of Negative Behaviour 

Behaviour maybe defined as a manner of expression or action of an individual under given circumstances or conditions. People react or behave in different ways to similar or different situations. Such behavior may be good or bad depending on the accepted standards of society.

Negative behaviour is an unacceptable form of behavior. It can also be regarded as anti-social conduct that is behavior which the society does not permit. It includes stealing, fighting, noise-making, bribery, drug abuse, prostitution, thuggery. Positive behavior on the other hand is doing things in a generally acceptable manner. Positive behavior is important for social stability and national development.

Forms of positive behavior respect for elders, hard work, honesty, obedience, and other good virtues.

Negative behavior is central to the ills of society and encourages corruption, low productivity, insensitivity, disorder, and lawlessness in

Students are advised to always adhere to the code of conduct of the school, society, or any organization they belong to, to achieve success, in their academic pursuit and contribute to the development of ety.

Types of negative behavior

The following are types of negative behavior, dishonesty, excessive love for money, ostentatious living, disregard for time (African time), drug trafficking, examination malpractice, cultism, prostitution, etc.

  1. DISHONESTY- dishonesty is one of the negative behavior, which represents a lack of good virtue and integrity. A dishonest person tells lies, he or she can not be trusted. A dishonest person is a double-dealer, deceitful, and a dangerous character. Students should imbibe the virtue of honesty which will make them trustworthy and dependable citizens.
  2. EXCESSIVELOVEOFMONEY- there is a saying that “money is the root of all evil”. In as much as money is very important in our everyday life, one should not be too money-minded in one’s dealings. Excessive love for money can lead one to steal or engage in criminal activities.
  3. OSTENTATIOUS LIVING- this is the act of exhibiting one’s wealth in public or showing unnecessary splendor. It is the act of outward display of wealth in a negative manner. People may believe that you are wealthy when you are not worth what you claim to be, Ostentatious living is also dangerous to society because it can send wrong signals and wrong values to other citizens, which can make them steal or make money at all cost. This can worsen the crime rate and corruption.
  4. DISREGARD FOR TIME- one should be time conscious in whatever one engages oneself in. Lateness to work, school and other social functions should be avoided. Regard for time is a virtue that everyone should possess. The use of “African time” should be discouraged. The school should punish students as well as teachers who do not come to school on time. “Punctuality is the soul of business”, the saying goes, and any organization that disregards time is bound to fail.
  5. DRUG TRAFFICKING- this act of concealing, conveying, or distributing psychoactive or dangerous drugs. Trading or dealing in illegal drugs is a negative behavior and should be discouraged. The use of hard drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, cannabis or Indian Hemp is very dangerous to the health and well-being of a man. It can cause mental disorders. It can lead people to crimes, such as, are robbery, stealing, and other immoral activities.
  6. EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE- this is a negative behaviour that has to be discouraged in our society. Examination malpractice is any form of cheating in an examination, to secure an unmerited mark. Buying or obtaining examination questions papers before the examination, bribing of teachers to secure inherited results, bringing into the examination hall already prepared answers to questions, copying from fellow students, all these are forms of examination malpractice. People who benefit from examination malpractice can not defend the resultt they obtain.
  7.  CULTISM- cultism is an act associated with a group or body of person, whether registered or not, that uses secret signs, oaths and rites as symbols. They engage in anti-social conducts, which at times are deadly. Cultism is a negative behaviour that jas ravaged our society, especially our educational institutions. It had brought about violent conducts among our youths, such as hunger for blood, ritual killings, disregard for the sanctity of life and above all, disregard for God. Students should be aware of the negative consequences of belonging to secret cult groups.


some of the effects or consequences of negative behaviour are, value disorientation, inefficiency, high crime rate.

  1. VALUE DISORIENTATION- Value disorientaion is the departure from the values upon which society is built. A major consequence of negative behaviour in our society is value disorientation. Immoral behaviour is on the increase. People no longer frown at indecent behaviour is on the increase. People no longer frown at indecent behaviour or social vices. Indecent is rampant among the youths and is tolerated.  People who make money through dubious ways are respected and adored. Therefore, fraud, ritual murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking which are forms of disorientation are now methods of making money. Those strong values on which society is built have been abandoned.
  2. INEFFICIENCY- One of the effects of negative behavior is inefficiency. Inefficiency portrays poverty of ideas and inability to carry out duties, assignments and obligations properly. Lack of competence leads to waste fulness, loss of profit and eventual collapse of an institution or organization. Schools that are efficiently managed are always recognised and recommended for patronage. Efficiency is the hallmark of excellence and success. Students should be encouraged to aspire for efficiency in their undertakings.

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