The rules are part of a larger presentation I give about how writers can use a basic understanding of the rules of psychology to understand their own characters. The presentation is partially based on several years of experience working with teens who are sent to wilderness camp. These are kids who for whatever reason find themselves in a difficult place in life. Coincidentally, our characters are also in similar circumstances - not necessarily in their actual situations, but certainly in a place of life upheaval.
If you're interested, definitely check out John Brown's site. And if you want to know more, I'll post when and where I'll be giving this presentation in the future!