This is a bit blurry thought, but I think an interesting one. I was reading an article about young unemployed people, and the article implied that they stay unemployed as a rebellion against the system. The article itself was quite poorly written and I think most likely inaccurate, but as I read all the replies to it, it became quite clear to me that most of the youth responding were not unemployed because of the rebellion, but they were part of structural unemployment and then started to cultivate this idea of rebellion. So, it's like "You don't want me, that's fine, I wouldn't want to be your slave anyway!"
I think this is an interesting dynamic. It seems that the person frustrated by society's seeming disapproval makes this attitude change in order to protect his ego. He doesn't have to say "The society dropped me out", he can say "I dropped out". There is a great difference between these two. The person takes the power from the society, even if it is in a way just a mind trick.
Do you see a lot of this? It might even be that most of our attitudes come from this sorts of ego protections. Does anyone have any interesting studies about this?