The Teenage Brain

Blame My Brain -The Teenage Brain Revealed  by Nicola Morgan  is a book that will tell you all there is to know about your teenage brain, and you will actually love the fact that you will not even have to blame yourself for your teenage moods or bad attitudes – you can simply blame your brain for it! Here is what I learnt from the book.

It turns out your brain alone has a lot to do with your behaviour and your attitude, your difficulties and your understanding with the world around you.

You aren’t really guilty for everything that you do. Of course, hormones do play a huge part since these are the years when you are changing from a child into a young adult.

… we cannot use the part of our brain that logically tells us our parents want what is best for us.”

Things like mood swings for example, also caused by hormones, can have something to do with the development of your teenage brain. There are times when you as a teenager read your parents expressions as ‘anger’ or ‘intrusion’ towards you, and you feel like your parents do not trust you and that they are trying to mess things up in your mind.

The thing is, most teenagers cannot really recognize or tell the difference between expressions on adult’s faces. Emotions such as concern or fear, might be interpreted as anger or disgust causing us to erupt like angry volcanoes because we think our parents do not understand us.

Thankfully, there is an explanation to all of this, and that is that in teenagers, the Pre-frontal cortex in your brain; the bit that does all the decision making and works logically, is not very well developed yet. Due to this reason, teenagers tend to use the Amygdala, which is a part in our brain that works with instinct and raw emotion.

So what is our first instinct? We think our parents hate us and that they want to make things difficult for us, while in reality it might just be concern for their beloved child.  We do not take it like that, because we cannot really use the part of our brain that logically tells us that our parents just want what is best for us.

Isn’t the teenage brain amazing?

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