The Adolescent Views Himself: A Psychology of Adolescence

The Adolescent Views Himself: A Psychology of Adolescence

The Adolescent Views Himself: A Psychology of Adolescence

The Adolescent Views Himself: A Psychology of Adolescence

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In spite of the numerous authoritative and comprehensive books on adolescence, one most important area of adolescence has been neglected: the ways in which adolescents perceive themselves and their world. This is so important because the concepts which adolescents form of themselves and of the world in relation to themselves exert a strong influence on their behavior. Even if an adolescent's perception is faulty, i.e., does not accord with the way adults perceive him, it is nonetheless real; it produces real results. Individuals respond to the situation-as-they-perceive-it.

The extensive original data in this book consist of adolescents' own statements of their attitudes and values, their activities and relationships, their problems of growing up. These detailed original descriptions and comments show how adolescents perceive themselves, the world in which they live, the future, and other matters related to their development. They serve as convincing evidence of individuality; they represent the thoughts and feelings of many individual adolescents. These original data are supplemented and interpreted by information gained from previous research and by insights from psychological literature. Against this background, the uniqueness of each adolescent, as he perceives himself, as well as common characteristics, becomes evident.

The organization of a book on adolescents presents a serious dilemma for the author. Since growth is a continuous process, and there is a wide range in the rate of development and age of maturing of normal boys and girls, one hesitates to divide the book into . . .

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