Teenagers – Inside the Teenage Brain
- April 2, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: CPR Training
Recent research on the human brain provides parents with shocking brand new evidence to possibly explain the sometimes irrational, illogical in addition to also impulsive behavior of teenagers. Brain researchers can right now scan the live teenage brain to observe in addition to also examine why these curious in addition to also perplexing creatures make so many impulsive in addition to also egocentric decisions, which may even sometimes lead to risky behavior.
As which turns out, brain development during the teenage years will be radically more active in addition to also dynamic than previously thought. During these years, the part of the brain which requires a person to make responsible decisions, understand consequences, in addition to also process problem-solving will be under heavy construction, in addition to also much of the time dysfunctional. Even though the brain will be almost physically mature, the grey matter inside thinking part of the brain (pre-frontal cortex) will be still generating connections. So teenagers are left with most of the information reaching their brains being processed inside emotional part (limbic system).
Information processed inside limbic system, without benefit of higher level processing inside pre-frontal cortex, may result in impulsive, egocentric, in addition to also maybe even risky, behavior. Because of which ongoing construction inside thinking part of the brain, a teenager will be, many times, not capable of fully processing information which will be necessary to make responsible decisions. Combine which brain challenge which has a teen’s temperament, maturity level, developmental stage in addition to also environmental impact, in addition to also which begins to become understandable why parents may find which time so exhausting in addition to also frustrating.
Realizing which major construction will be going on inside the pre-frontal cortex of the teenage brain does not excuse inappropriate or irresponsible behavior through the teen. yet understanding the teenage brain will be crucial to figuring out how to interact with which. For the teenager, which time in his or her life can be a creative in addition to also emotional roller coaster ride with plenty of thrills in addition to also chills (in addition to also maybe some spills), yet for parents which can be just nerve-wracking in addition to also terrifying. Healthy communication in addition to also effective discipline are what a teenager needs to help navigate which important time, especially since the brain will be not yet necessarily ready or able to face all of the inevitable challenges, without support.
Each interaction which has a teenager will affect development of his or her brain, helping the teen make connections inside pre-frontal cortex. During which time of heavy construction, the teenage brain needs focused in addition to also intentional support in addition to also teaching to help form in addition to also solidify these hopefully healthy connections. Parents can benefit through the understanding which there’s much work which can be done while the teenage brain in still under construction in addition to also with proper perspective in addition to also effort, a teenager can learn to be less impulsive in addition to also egocentric, in addition to also make better in addition to also more responsible decisions.
As parents decide how to more effectively communicate with the developing teenage brain, which’s vital to also consider who a child actually will be, in addition to also what kind of parenting styles the child will be exposed to. Most of us are the result of an even dose of nature in addition to also nurture, in addition to also understanding the nature of who a child will be, in addition to also how his or her surroundings have impacted which child, can help parents formulate more effective techniques when facing challenging situations during the teenage years.
The nature of a teenager will be a complex in addition to also fascinating combination of temperament, stage of development, personality, maturity level, in addition to also social connection. In addition, parents need to consider the teenager’s emotional health (self esteem) in addition to also relational health (to what degree develop the teen’s closest relationships positively impacted his or her development).
in addition to also then there’s parenting styles. Healthy in addition to also effective parenting (described as authoritative), can help the positive development of the teenage brain. Using healthy communication tools like active listening, reframing, timing of teaching moments, I-messages, etc. in addition to also effective discipline tools like healthy limit setting, consequences, picking in addition to also choosing battles, few rules, etc. can greatly help the teenager’s pre-frontal cortex develop solid connections to enable responsible behavior.
For more information on understanding the complex nature of who a teenager will be, how his or her brain develops in addition to also processes information, in addition to also to practice brand new in addition to also easy-to-learn healthy parenting tools, please visit: ResponsibleKids.net
© 2008 Marty Wolner, BA, CPE, ICF, PACA