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The Basics of the Mind

Inside the teen body, the brain controls some of the most important functions of everyday living – from waking up to walking around to using senses. The brain also controls the functions that comprise the mind – thought, memory, emotion, inspiration, imagination, and others. The mind is a term that describes all of the thoughts and feelings that go through you all the time.  As a teen, the mind is extremely important – it contributes to your development and defines the way you experience your teenage years.

Understanding the teenage mind can be a very hard task, both for parents and teens. Nonetheless, there are many things about the teen mind that should be broadly understood by parents and teens. The mind encompasses some of the most sensitive matters of teenage life – namely emotions, relationships, and love. Below are overviews of some of these basic matters of the teen mind.

How Does the Mind Change During the Teen Years?

During the teenage years, new thoughts and feelings emerge in every single teen. Puberty marks the onset of the road to adulthood, so teens become more open to new thoughts, including ones of a sexual nature. Teens also begin to develop their own morals, values, and beliefs, which at times can be different from those of their parents. Teens also begin to experience new feelings, both about themselves and about others.

Why do Some Teenagers Feel Sad and Angry?

Feeling sad and angry sometimes is common among teens. Sorry parents, it comes with the territory. Many teens experience what are known as mood swings, meaning they can switch moods almost spontaneously. If you are a teen, you should try to control your sadness or anger so that it doesn’t negatively affect others around you. If there is something specific causing your mood, or if you are feeling depressed, talk to a specialist for help.

How can Young People Overcome Self-Esteem Issues?

Teens become more aware of themselves at this stage of their life, and sometimes they become less confident about the person they are. Teens’ bodies are undergoing so many changes, and so quickly, that it can be hard for teens not to compare themselves to everyone else around them. For teens that are having self-esteem issues, it is important that you learn to be comfortable with who you are, regardless of how others look or what they say. If you need help handling self-esteem, speak with a counselor or therapist along with your parents.

Falling in Love and the Brain

During the teen years is when the ability the love “romantically” really develops. So yes, teens do fall in love, no question about it.  Some teens will experience feelings of love without actively trying to – others will get into a relationship and fall in love with their partner. In any case, it is important for teens to remember that that they are still young, and that love is a tricky subject, as  many teens often mistake infatuation for love. Teens should keep parents involved in their love life and should talk to their parents before making any decisions about relationships.”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"

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