The Teenage Mind
Something that I have been interested in learning more about has been The Teenage Mind. I remember my mother and I talking about it during an argument, but since I didn’t have anybody backing me up on my thoughts I wasn’t sure if I was right. Lately, the issue has caught my eye again. I know that many people think that the teenage mind is complex. From what I have heard, the average teenager goes through different stages within its mind. For example, I heard that there’s a "rebellion" stage where the teen is at its own mind of state, and wants to do everything. Now that’s just what I’ve heard, it may or may not be true.
One thing that I know for sure about the teenage mind is that it goes through a lot in a range of about 5/6 years. Now I’ve done my share of psychology, and believe sleep is essential and our minds are in the process of growing. Personally, It’s funny to me how teenagers are the the ones who need the most sleep and are the ones who get the less of it.
The teenage mind has always been an important topic for scientists and parents, even teachers. Constantly, we’re asked what goes through out heads, and why we do the things we do. Not many adults seem to comprehend our actions, and we don’t seem to comprehend theirs sometimes.
Being that I didn’t have a lot of background information on the teenage mind, I chose to do some research on the topic. As I searched blogs and news articles on Google, I came across this one article: “The Teen brain http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/teenbrain/work/.” This article provided a lot of information and opinions on the teenage mind. Some people felt that the teenage mind undergoes different emotional changes than those of adults. “different parts of the brain mature at different times.”This statement didn’t really surprise me all that much, but it did make me feel like it was true. I agree with this statement because as a teenager we’re not fully matured or developed. Our brain is constantly undergoing changes to settle itself. Even after we become adults, our brains may still be fixating themselves.
In another article: “Why Sleep Is Important, http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-teenage-mind/201202/why-sleep-is-important,” there was this one statement that made me nod my head in agreement with the writer. It was: “Sleep is essential. It is not an option. Extreme sleep deprivation is psychological torture.” This is so true because our brains need enough sleep to properly function. Too often we don’t give it enough sleep. This messes with many teens; we’re known for not attaining the required hours of sleep. This may also affects our behaviors and proper developments.
All of this makes me think that the teenage mind is not as complex as people put it. In order to understand a real teenager, you should probably talk to one and observe his/her behavior. Many times we are misread and judged, but that’s not how it should be. Try understanding us first, then maybe just maybe you’ll realize why we are the way we are.