The chances are that if you are reading this then you may well be struggling to understand what may be going on in your teenagers head. I do hope that this guide will be of some help to improving not only your understanding of the teenager in your life but ultimately the relationship that you have.
Neurologically speaking the brain is going through substantial changes during adolescence, all those connections that were built during childhood are gradually being “pruned away” as they are no longer needed. Essentially, use it or lose it. However during this time, other connections are being reinforced as this will help with the brain become more efficient over time. Please note the brain will become more efficient over time so patience is key.
Many parents comment that their adolescent child doesn’t think before they act……well, this is because of the “pruning process” that is currently taking place. The thinking part of the brain which is responsible for decision making, planning and understanding consequences is the pre-frontal cortex and will be the last section to undergo this “pruning.”
Until then, a part of the brain called the amygdala is relied upon to undertake to make decisions and work through problems. Difficulties arise as the amygdala is responsible for regulating emotions, aggression and instincts. So if you’re wondering why your teenager is…….