One of the important things to remember is that what a teen does and is exposed to during this critical time in life has a large influence on the teen’s future, because experience and current needs shape the pruning and sprouting process in the brain. So if a teen is playing lots of video games, this will shape the brain in such a way that they might become an excellent fighter pilot, but becoming an accountant or researcher will be less possible. Being the class clown will help make a good sales person later on, and running for class president will develop brain skills that are needed to run a business or take on a management position. Being exposed to drugs, computer sex, or violent movies will also shape the brain and future of the adolescent, laying down the seeds of addiction and interpersonal conflict.
- Q What mental changes occur during adolescence?
- Q How common is narcissism among teens?
- Q How does lack of sleep affect teens?
- Q How should teenagers take care of their skin?
- Q When should I start talking to my child about her body?
- Q What are the “pharm” parties that attract some teens?