Understanding Adolescence

Adults have often believed adolescence is a time of chaos, immaturity and raging hormones.  We now know it’s actually a fascinating period when the brain is remodeling itself.  It’s a time the brain is becoming more integrated, stronger, and increasingly coordinated — helping teens get ready to ‘leave the nest’ and go into the world and do things outside the home. Daniel Siegel’s new book, “Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain” does a superb job in explaining why teens do what they do in accordance to how the brain is changing. He explores how mindfulness, especially getting in touch with the body, is extremely helpful for teens in navigating through this period of life.

Click here to hear his interview with NPR’s Diane Rehm.

 

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