On the other hand, there is danger in being too strict and too controlling. When parental discipline feels excessively harsh, arbitrary or self-serving, parental authority loses legitimacy. The child may develop an antagonistic relationship with authority, responding to a wide range of authority figures with rebellious opposition or fearful resentment. Likewise, such children may have great difficulty translating parental discipline into self-discipline, which is the ultimate goal of all parental discipline. In adulthood, this might manifest in a refusal to exercise self-control or in problems with procrastination. Alternatively, overly controlled children can become excessively passive, their initiative and autonomy significantly constrained.