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Educ 2010

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Dani Grant

on 9 December 2010

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A form of the adolescent’s Egocentrism, they may create for themselves a “Personal Fable”, a story in which they are the main character in front of their “Imaginary Audience.” This leads them to believe that their experiences and feelings are unique in the world, and gives them a sense of invincibility which can lead to unnecessary risk-taking. Puberty is when the body starts to chance form a child's to an adult's. The age when puberty starts may vary widely, for females usually between 7 and 13 years old and for males usually between 9 and 15 years old. In some cases, it may occur even later.  When the body goes through this age range without any signs of puberty, it is called delayed puberty. It may occur because parent or other relatives also went through late puberty. Also, some diseases may cause delayed puberty, such as diabetes, kidney disease, or even asthma. Malnutrition may also lead to delayed puberty, so children with eating disorders are at risk as well.
It can be hard to see your friends bodies changing while yours is staying the same. Children often become self-conscious even if parents and doctor assure them that they will catch up some day. Pressures to fit in can also hurt the child's self-esteem, leading to depression and may even affect the student's grades. In addition, children going through delayed puberty are treated younger than they actually are.
Self-esteem is a student’s overall
evaluation of him- or herself, including
feelings of general happiness and satisfaction
Young children can often be fascinating to watch as they interact with their imaginary friends.  We would likely think our teenager was disturbed if we saw him or her doing the same thing.  However, all teenagers are prone to have an imaginary audience.  They feel as though they have an audience watching every move.  This imaginary audience is the outgrowth of what is referred to as egocentrism.  Not selfishness but self-centeredness.  Young children are self-centered in a way that they may be unconcerned with others watching their play.  A teenager is self-centered in such a way to think that everyone is watching.  They tend to see themselves as central in life and tend to believe that they are much more significant on the social stage of life than they really are.  
Teenagers will fantasize about how others will react to their looks and actions.  This is why teenagers discover mirrors.  That child who in the past was unconcerned about looks is now preoccupied with having every hair being in place.  There is a strong and sometimes sudden interest in clothes and "fashion."  They go to great lengths to have everything together because they imagine that every eye will be on them as they walk into a crowded room.  And imagine the horror of a facial blemish.  Remember, they often feel that everyone is looking at and judging them.  Even a slight blemish can make them wish they could be invisible as they enter a room.  
This imaginary audience is a constant judge of their behavior.  For some teenagers, concern about this audience in their head is so strong they make surprising changes in their behavior.   Some adolescent students engage in risk taking behaviors.  These behaviors can range from driving too fast, drinking, or smoking. They can also involve who they choose to be around.  For example, choosing to join a gang and surround yourself with gang members is a risk taking behavior.  There also can be a number of reasons why an adolescent would choose to do these behaviors.  One reason might be they get made fun of at school, or maybe they don't have much of a family to go home to after school.  These risk taking behaviors are a major problem because of the amount of adolescent deaths that result from them.  
Self Esteem Problems in Puberty
personal fable
imaginary audience
risk taking behavior Bullying
Bullying has two key components: repeated harmful acts and an imbalance of power. It involves repeated physical, verbal or psychological attacks or intimidation directed against a victim who cannot properly defend him- or herself because of size or strength, or because the victim is outnumbered or less psychologically resilient. GROWING UP as an ADOLESCENT and REMEMBERING that we are all DIFFERENT but still the SAME
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