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THE SOCIAL CONTEXTS FOR IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT; The Seven Places Where Identities Are Forged

THE SOCIAL CONTEXTS FOR IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT; The Seven Places Where Identities Are Forged

Sometimes, we behave differently when we are in a particular social context and that is not a problem if your anchor (who you are) is well defined. It is the definition of who you are that will help your behaviour in each of those Places. Identity consolidation occurs when who you are in each of those places complements your other selves. It is safe to say that our identity is a proposition. It’s a summation of who everyone around us has said we are right from the time we were born.  Sometimes we can forget this and feel trapped, struggling to meet those expectations. But understanding that we are much larger than who we are told we are, frees us from those mental limitations and makes seemingly impossible new life paths possible.

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ADOLESCENTS; WHY THEY ACT THE WAY THEY DO

ADOLESCENTS; WHY THEY ACT THE WAY THEY DO

As parents of adolescents, you try to help your son or daughter make good decisions. You provide guidance. You give them facts. You explain the pros and cons. You talk to other parents to glean wisdom. You think about how you felt when you were a teen, and the consequences you suffered when you made poor decisions. You think you have finally set your adolescent up for success. But then you find out that your adolescent has taken none of your advice and has done exactly what they wanted to do all along! Moms and dads, while this is frustrating and upsetting, there is a physiological explanation as to why they behave this way. A significant part of your adolescents’ brain, the prefrontal cortex, is undeveloped.

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The Secret to Raising an Emotionally Agile Teenager

The Secret to Raising an Emotionally Agile Teenager

Emotional agility is an individual’s ability to experience their thoughts and emotions and events in a way that doesn’t drive them in negative ways but instead encourages them to reveal the best of themselves. This is an important skill every adolescent should be taught to develop because it will strengthen their resilience and ability to return to pre-crisis state.

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5 TIPS FOR PARENTING TEENAGERS

5 TIPS FOR PARENTING TEENAGERS

"Try to see your child as a seed that came in a packet without a label. Your job is to provide the right environment and nutrients and to pull the weeds. You can’t decide what kind of flower you’ll get or in which season it will bloom." -- Anonymous As parents, we...

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CAN AN ADOLECENT TRULY FALL IN LOVE?

CAN AN ADOLECENT TRULY FALL IN LOVE?

 "The other day, I found my 14-year-old snooping around the house looking for a secluded place. I pretended as though I didn't notice and then when he thought no one was paying any attention to him, he settled down to make a call. As I listened, I realized that he...

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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR ADOLESCENT KEEPS BAD FRIENDS

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR ADOLESCENT KEEPS BAD FRIENDS

“Why don’t you like my friend’s dressing?” “So, what if Samson wears a durag? It doesn’t mean he’s a bad boy.” “Why don’t you trust me? Amanda isn’t a bad friend.” “Relax! It’s not like he’s a yahoo boy!” Bad friends are every parent’s nightmare. What should parents...

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PUBERTY IN GIRLS; ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

PUBERTY IN GIRLS; ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

One particular lunch break, I realized that all my peers had noticeable breasts but me. All I had was a lump. The girl with the next smallest breast to me already wore top bras. I remember the shame I felt. I remember how withdrawn I was. I remember how embarrassed I...

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PUBERTY IN BOYS; ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

PUBERTY IN BOYS; ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

As a counsellor to adolescents and adolescent managers, I’ve seen it happen. Suddenly, the little boy you’ve raised and loved looks different. Changes in his body have him asking questions, or he may be seeing his friends changing and wonder when it will be his turn....

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WHAT IS ADOLESCENCE?

WHAT IS ADOLESCENCE?

Across generations, adolescents have been the subject of many contemplations. Their radicalism, creativity, rebellion, and risk-taking tendencies have often posed a challenge to established patterns of parenting. In essence, every generation has had a problem with its adolescents. Through the ages, societal progress has been facilitated by changing civilizations including advancements in communication technology. However, these advancements have also altered social cohesion and placed changing demands on strategies for successfully engaging adolescents.

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