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Island of Adolescence
Transcript of Island of Adolescence
Physical, Cognitive and Psychosocial Development.
Adolescence for me was like an island.
'Puberty' ship suddenly delivered me to an island of Hormonal Changes with mission to 'find' my identity.
I had to face significant body changes when entering this Island:
Change in voice
Change in muscle weight
Growth of extra hair
Suddenly this 'Adolescence' Island became very lonely, scary and overwhelming:
- this increased risk of depression
- worry about self-concept
- mood swings
- everyday events became stressful
- many confusing thoughts and drives
Recent MRI-based study has revealed that
in teenagers may affect thinking and memory by damaging sensitive 'white matter' in the brain (Papalia et al., 2014, p. 439).
Marijuana smoke typically contains more than 400 carcinogens, and its potency has doubled in the past 25 years. Heavy usage can damage brain, heart, lungs and immune system. Contrary to common belief, it may be addictive.
Smoking is a leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide (Papalia et al., 2014; p. 214).
Ecstacy can cause liver damage and hyperthermia (overheating). Long term effects in heavy users show underlying brain damage (Coon & Mitterer, 2015, p. 213)
Sexually transmitted diseases are most common risk of unprotected sex. 18% of 14- to 19-year-olds are affected by human papiloma virus.
Additionally teenage pregnancy is a risk that significantly affects lives of involved parties.
(Papalia et al., 2014; p. 484)
On the way to figuring my own self-identity, I found myself stumbling on some immature thinking that hindered my discovery of self (as defined by Elkind)
"I know they are all looking at me" (imaginary audience)
"They may get caught, but not me" (personal fable)
"How can't adults see this simple solution to fix all problems" (idealism)
"I know I can reason and prove them to do things my way!" (argumentativeness)
Risky and seductive options started to get attention of a teenage mind - I could get 'burned in the lava'! Ouch!
(Papalia et al., 2014, p. 428)
Search for identity is according to Erikson theory of psychosocial development (Papalia, Martonell & Feldman, 2014, p. 472)
Papalia, D.E., Martonell, G., Feldman, R.D. (2014)
A Child's World: Infancy Through Adolescence,
13th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
Coon, D. & Mitterer J.O. (2015) Psychology: Modules for
Active Learning, Thirteenth Edition. Stamford: Cengage Learning
I managed to stay on the path.
After I cycled through identity stages:
moratorium – identity achievement –
moratorium – identity achievement
And with support and respect of my parents to skip the forclosure identity status
I was on my way to get to that settling identity achievement status
My Identity Status:
According to Marcia theory of idenity statuses (Papalia et al., 2014; p. 475)
(Papalia et al., 2014, p. 442)
(Papalia et al., 2014, p. 451)