By Daniel J. Siegel MD
In Brainstorm, Siegel illuminates how mind improvement affects young children’ habit and relationships. Drawing on very important new study within the box of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores interesting ways that realizing how the teenage mind features may help mom and dad make what's in truth a really confident interval of progress, swap, and experimentation of their children’s lives much less lonely and distressing on either side of the generational divide.
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Additional resources for Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
This is our balancing act, for adolescents and adults alike: making the push toward independence, the drive for reward, and the passion for novelty result in positive outcomes in life. The brain is our enabler—our control center—and the good news is that when we understand the brain, we can harness its powerful drives to make positive choices and constructive changes in our lives. Understanding how the brain links its different circuits, how it becomes integrated with development, is a useful way of seeing how we can help promote optimal functioning in our lives during adolescence and beyond.
Those creative qualities also can help our larger world, offering new insights and innovations that naturally emerge from the push back against the status quo and from the energy of the teen years. For every new way of thinking and feeling and behaving with its positive potential, there is also a possible downside. Yet there is a way to learn how to make the most of the important positive qualities of the teenage mind during adolescence and to use those qualities well in the adult years that come later.
This striving for novelty is a creative power that can be harnessed for the benefit of everyone, if we see this move toward new things and independence in a positive way. On the other hand, if adults fight against these fundamental features of adolescence, it’s like fighting against the natural push of a waterfall. The force of adolescence will find some way to manifest itself in a teen’s external actions and internal mental shifts. You cannot stop a waterfall, but you can learn to direct its course and harness its power.