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Adolescents

Working with Adolescents:The adolescent, we might say, struggles to escape from childhood*
Cummings, E. E., (1971) Six Nonlectures. Antheneum, New York... remember one thing only: that it's you - nobody else - who determine your destiny and decide your fate. Nobody else can be alive for you nor can you be alive for anyone else.

Embracing The Adolescent; The Teenager

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Embracing

the

Adolescent:

Work with, not against
Respect
Acknowledgment
Their Interest ... not yours
DON'T GO ... STAY

The adolescents sense of self is not yet so strong that words and thoughts - symbolic representation - are enough to anchor its reality in the world.

The adolescent self is a tentative reality, not yet proved.

In many instances the answer to What is he trying to prove? is simple.

He is trying to prove that he is who he takes himself to be.

*McConville, M, 1995. Adolescence: Psychotherapy and the Emergent Self. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco p71