What is Going On in Your Teen’s Brain?

What is Going On in Your Teen’s Brain?

Although children’s brains reach about 90-95% of adult size by the time they are six, their brain development is far from over. A teenager’s brain still intensively transforms before it starts functioning as an adult brain. In other words, your teen’s brain is still under construction, which strongly influences their thinking, behavior, and emotional reactions.

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Enabling

Enabling

Enabling behavior, simply put, keeps a person from dealing with the negative consequences of their actions. While it is natural to care for and help someone you love, be mindful of the fine line between being supportive of a loved one and enabling their behaviors. Differently from supporting and helping, enabling means allowing the enabled person to behave irresponsibly.

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Stress Reduction

Stress Reduction

As a force that calls for action and keeps us going, stress is not necessarily a bad thing. However, persistent stress doesn’t allow your body to recover after the “flight-or-fight” response and it can seriously damage your health. So, yes, stress is important but left uncontrolled it can deeply hurt us and, paradoxically, obstruct our ability to act.

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Why Self-Compassion is Important for Teens?

Why Self-Compassion is Important for Teens?

Being a teenager has never been easy. Adolescence is a period of growth and change. Teenagers naturally go through a phase of self-discovery and this often causes teen rebellion and confusion. For many teenagers, challenges of adolescence lead to disconnection, isolation, anxiety, and depression.

Thus, teaching teenagers self-compassion is vital in helping them understand themselves, the world around them, and their place in that world.

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Common Humanity vs. Isolation

 Common Humanity vs. Isolation

Translated, word compassion literally means “to suffer with” which indicates empathy and mutuality in the experience of suffering. For example, grief different people feel when they lose a loved one is the same grief, although the circumstances of grief are different. The core experience of suffering is universal.

However, we often tend to forget that ‘no man is an island’ and that we have a lot in common with others. It is often hard to take the bigger human picture into account when you are in the midst of a painful experience.

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The Difference between Self-Kindness vs. Self-Judgement

The Difference between Self-Kindness vs. Self-Judgement

Observing another human being suffering, you will most likely experience compassion for them. You will feel moved by other person’s suffering and compassionately respond to their pain with care and desire to help. Additionally, compassion means understanding others when they make mistakes or even disappoint you rather than skipping to the harsh judgment of their actions (or even worse, their personalities). Compassion means that you are conscious of common humanity, realizing that imperfection and suffering are parts of the shared human experience.

While we often readily offer our compassion to others, we tend to judge and criticize ourselves for the same shortcomings and flaws.

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The Truth about Hiding – Why Do We Hold Up & Hide Certain Aspects of Ourselves?

The Truth about Hiding – Why Do We Hold Up & Hide Certain Aspects of Ourselves?

Whether it is our feelings, some painful events from our past, our mistakes, our mental health, our life choices, our desires, we all have something that we don’t reveal and don’t talk about. Why do people hide things? The reasons are countless. People hold up the truth to protect their reputation, hide mistakes, conceal poor performance or simply look better.

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