Adolescence, like for most teenagers, was a strange period for me. It was a period full of changes and a constant feeling of having to adapt to such changes. Not only did I experienced physical changes like growth in height, and the development of secondary sexual characteristics, but I also experienced psychological changes such as a drop in self-esteem. The could be several explanations as to why me, like many adolescents, would experience a drop in self-esteem around the ages of 13-14. These explanations could be divided into three categories: Cognitive, social, and behavioral. Cognitive explanation A cognitive explanation as to why me, like many teenagers, would experience a drop in self-esteem would be the fact that adolescents have …show more content…
The adolescent brain is a bit more sophisticated than that of a child. However, the brain still developing and that could have an effect in the mood and behavior of an adolescent, due to the increase of activity in the brain. We discussed in class that the adolescent brain is under constant activity, having different processes happening simultaneously. There are different hormones that affect the way an adolescent’s brain and body work, like dopamine for example. Dopamine, during adolescence is going all over the place, which impacts the way adolescents behave-- causing them to engage in risky behavior due to their reward system. All of these changes happening in the body could potentially explain the drop in self-esteem-- the different changes happening all at once can easily impact the behavior and mood of an adolescent, making them feel more negative emotions than what they did before. Steinberg would probably agree that biological changes going on during adolescence can definitely make an adolescent experience a drop in their self-esteem and in their overall mood. Because the prefrontal cortex is not fully developed and because of the different hormones that are produced by the body, an adolescent could easily have a drop in their
According to Steinberg (2014) adolescents is a time of growing up, of moving from the immaturity of childhood into the maturity of adulthood, of preparation for the future. It is a period of transitions: biological, psychological, and social. Adolescence can begin as early as ten years of age and not end until the adolescent is in their early twenties. It is important to note that adolescent development occurs at different times for each individual. Therefore, students in the same grade that are around the same age may be going through different developmental stages of adolescents. The purpose of this analysis paper is to discuss the different stages of adolescent development, how they affect the maturity of the students and to determine
Adolescence is often a time of low self-esteem, which can develop as a result of not being able to grow and change as quickly as is desired. Or conversely, physical development can occur much earlier than emotional development. A young person with low self-esteem may feel they are not as smart, attractive, talented or popular as their peers. They may also feel pressured by parents, teachers or others to achieve goals that seem unattainable. To help deal with the pressure, a young person with low self-esteem may be more likely to put aside his/her good judgment and turn to drugs or alcohol to escape.
Puberty is a time of many changes. Your body changes, your voice can change, and your emotions are on overdrive. The changes going through an adolescent’s body can be very confusing. Not everyone going through puberty knows what is happening to them. Plus, even if an understanding is there, it can be very uncomfortable. Almost every part of an adolescent’s body is affected when going through puberty. Psychologically, an adolescent is affected too. One psychological effect of puberty is a decreased self-esteem. Boys and girls both have affected self-esteem during puberty, but girls’ self-esteem seems to have a negative impact during puberty, whiles boys seem to have a more positive impact. This paper will focus on the impact of self-esteem in both boys and girls during puberty, and if there is a positive or negative impact.
After reviewing both studies it can be concluded that an individual’s self-esteem changes based on their relationship status, ethnicity, personality characteristics and a possible effect on gender. Individuals that have high self-esteem are usually individuals that are outgoing, energetic and easy going. Those individuals have a lot of friends and are sociable. Adolescence self –esteem can be based on how popular they are in school those adolescences that are popular will have a higher self-esteem opposed to the adolescence that are more reserved, and that do not have many friends. Individual’s self- esteem can change during their twenties and sometimes into their thirties and beyond.
Starting around the ages of 12 and 13 years old, we have all succumbed to the embarrassing and life-scarring times of puberty (a time where we don’t exactly know who we are because of all the strange changes we are going through). Particular examples brought to mind when I think of my horrendous time with puberty is embarrassing mini volcanoes popping up all over my face accompanied by insanely awkward conversations with just about everyone around me. I would misinterpret things all the time in conversations that I would have with people and in just about every day-to-day activity I did. The beginning of your teenage years really are what lead up to figuring out who you are, who you want to be, and what you want to do with your life. Of
Many children struggle with creating a healthy body image and self-esteem. According to Jane Myers, John Willse and Jose Villalba, Journal of Counseling & Development, “recent research using cross-sectional data on more than 326,600 persons suggests that self-esteem changes over the life span and is particularly critical during adolescent development”
What causes teenagers to have such low self esteem? There are two main problems: how other people treat them, and how they view themselves. Parents or authority figures that spend more time finding fault in children rather than praising them often result in a child who has trouble building up self esteem As adolescents are ...
During adolescence emotional reactivity is heightened, and the social environment is changing as adolescents spend more time with their peers than adults (Casey, 2008). To an adolescent, the value of positive information, as well as negative information may be exaggerated which leads to greater emotional reactivity and sensitivity during this growth period (Casey, 2008). This can heighten the incidence of addiction and the onset of psychological disorders (Casey, 2008). There are various theories that attempt to explain why adolescents engage in risky behaviour. One of these theories by Yurgelun-Todd stems from human adolescent brain development, and proposes that cognitive development during the adolescent period is associated with increasingly superior efficiency of cognitive control and affective modulation (Casey, 2008). This theory also suggest...
What does self esteem look like externally or how does self esteem manifest itself outwardly? When it comes to low self-esteem this is correlated with depression, body dissatisfaction, wt gain and in severe cases psychological disorders and suicide (Gayman, Lloyd, Ueno 2010; T & Donnellan, 2009). In contrast, high self-esteem is correlated with self acceptance, respect for oneself, doing well in school and a higher likelihood to reach ones life goals (Trezeneski & Donnellan, 2009). Considering these factors, I felt it was important to develop a psycho educational program that promotes high self esteem in adolescents.