Other teens and build sense

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Among the profound and exciting changes taking place in adolescence is the process of self-discovery. Our teens are working to figure out who they are, making adolescent identity development a central feature of teen life. Young people also take active steps and make choices that shape their identity. They select the environments and people they want to be around. They adjust their beliefs and behaviors based on feedback. And they reflect on all of this while working to figure out who they are.

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Teens are notoriously self-conscious. Now brain-imaging experiments are revealing how this adolescent predilection might be the result of changes in brain anatomy linked with the self, and the findings may hint at how the sense of self develops in the brain. This area is one of the last regions to develop before adulthood, and it is known to activate in adults when they think about themselves, about other people and even about the personality traits of animals. It makes evolutionary sense for teenagers to be highly concerned about what others think, Blakemore suggests. Another way we construct a sense of self is by contemplating what our aims or traits are, and previous studies have shown that adolescents also use their dorsal MPFC when engaged in such introspection.

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And your child might be better at bouncing back from some challenges than others. All teenagers can build resilience , by developing attitudes like self-respect, social and organisational skills, and positive thinking habits. Your child needs resilience to bounce back from everyday challenges like arguments with friends, disappointing test results or sporting losses. Some young people face more serious challenges like family breakdown, family illness or death, or bullying.
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