I’ve worked with teenagers, or adolescents or using the term I prefer young people for most of my career.
I’m often asked the same questions about young people, such as: Why do they take risks? Why can’t they always think about the potential consequences of their actions? Why can’t they see the perspectives of others? Why are they so concerned about what their peers think of them?
This great TED Talk video explains more about young people’s brain and its development:
Although this video is enlightening, it shows that neuroscience is in its infancy. Our understanding of probably the most the most important organ in the body is extremely limited.
I wish the speaker had gone into further details about young people’s behaviour, so that the questions above were more fully answered for those that have them.