EMOTIONAL CHANGES

Emotional changes during adolescence

Profound physical and psychological changes at puberty may disturb young people emotionally. They may have strong sexual and aggressive desires and may find it difficult to control these impulses. The desire to be assertive, gain independence and enter into healthy competitive activity is a characteristic of this period. While seeking independence, a sense of frustration may lead to certain rebellious attitudes. The tendency to withdraw from parental relationships is also visible.

The strong desire to gain acceptance and affection from peers, leads young people to seek relationships with others of their own age group. Adulating adults who are younger than their parents are a common choice. If the objects of their adulation are socially acceptable and responsible, they will proceed in the right direction. Serious antisocial behavioral problems may develop if the role models are not positive.

Young people may fall in and out of love several times before they eventually choose their life partners. They usually feel insecure and are internally disorganized. They cover up any inadequacy by a show of bravado, loud behavior and aggression. They are often unpredictable and aggressive. And follow fads in choice of clothes and music.

But gradually, they gain an insight and understanding of their own problems. Attachments to the peer groups loosen and intellectual and philosophical pursuits are taken up. Slowly, they find their place in the adult society.

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