“Adolescence is nature’s way of getting our children ready to leave the nest.” -Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

It is during these adolescent years that our bodies produce the needed energy and desire to explore beyond our boundaries and do things differently than ever before.

Four important things happen in our brains during adolescence, according to Dr. Daniel J. Siegel in his book, Brainstorm, which period can last into our mid 20s:

  1. Novelty Seeking - the desire to try something new and to feel life more fully.

  2. Social Engagement - leaving the parents to be closer to peers.

  3. Increased Emotional Intensity - more passionate and more intense emotional reactions.

  4. Creative Exploration - pushing against the status quo, doing things differently.

When these 4 things can be cultivated in a positive way, this adolescent ingenuity can be an immense force for good, and has been, evolutionarily, the energy that provided our species the courage to explore and innovate.


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