Teenage hormones seem to amplify the traits that once appeared cute and adorable. Here is a guide to identify some of the more common personality types as well as advice on how to work on their weaknesses.
Is My Teen’s Attitude and Behavior Normal?
From mood swings to risk taking, “normal teenage behavior” can appear to be anything-but-normal to parents and other bystanders. However, new research reveals that patterns of brain development during these formative years play a significant role in shaping your teen’s personality and actions.
You’ve come to the right place if you’re one of the millions of parents who have ever wondered:
- “Who is this kid?”
- “Why does my teen do that?”
- ”What can I do?”
Through the use of video, interactive segments, scenario-based role-playing experiences, and practical advice from experts, A Parent’s Guide to the Teen Brain explores the science behind teenage brain development and how it shapes normal teenage attitude and behavior. Find tools and tips – all designed to help you connect with your teen. Gain insights into teen brain development and apply your new knowledge of normal teenage behavior to real life.
- Beauty Queens and Kings
Yes, there are indeed beauty kings out there. Look for those who follow fashion, wear branded clothing and spend a fortune on beauty products and treatments. Image is very important to these teens.
Areas to work on: Don’t neglect inner beauty and character development.
Flirts are mostly female and easy to recognize. They flutter their eyes, walk in a jaunty manner and dress to attract attention. The only problem is they have little intention of settling into a relationship.
Areas to work on: : Be careful of hurting people’s feelings.
These teens overemphasize everything and to them, nothing is ordinary. A broken nail is a total disaster and a missed bus, a tragedy. Their dramas are accompanied by expansive gestures and loud monologues.
Areas to work on: : Try and tone it down. People get tired of excessive emotion.
Every school has them; guys whose lives revolve around team sports. They hang together, have their own language, are always talking strategy and project an image of elitism.
Areas to work on: : Realize there are other things in the world besides sport.
- Teacher’s Pets
Also known as “suck ups”. These teens know just how to work the school system. They do their homework properly and on time. They ask questions in class and offer to help the teacher. They may even bring them an apple.
Areas to work on: : Don’t over do it and end up alienated from class mates.
Short for emotional. These teens are into deep feeling and are known by their dress code. Tight black jeans and T-shirts, studded belts and black hair worn long over one eye are sure signs of an emo.
Areas to work on: : Don’t become too exclusive and block out other groups.
- Health Nuts
These individuals live for exercise and diet. Think gym, jogging, health food and protein shakes and that’s them in a nutshell. They wear sporty clothes and normally have loads of energy.
Areas to work on: : Don’t become too rigid. It’s not a sin to eat chocolate occasionally.
Stereotypical nerds are skinny, spotty and wear glasses. Modern day nerds often look normal but are pale from extended periods in libraries and laboratories. They are super-smart and love to engage in academic discussions.
Areas to work on:: Don’t forget how to talk about normal things.
Their lockers are pin-neat and their pencils are arranged by color. Their text books are stacked in alphabetical order and everything has its place.
Areas to work on:: Relax and have some fun. Ordered isn’t always best.
These are the know-alls of the school. If something’s going down, they’re the first to know about it. They have the low-down on everyone and everything.
Areas to work on:: People don’t trust those who talk too freely.
Teen years can be difficult and most teenagers are a mix of the above types. Understanding their motivation and drive can go a long way to better communication and relationships in general. The important thing is to remember that they will grow up and things will improve.
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