Adolescence has long
been looked upon as a critical period in personality development - period of "storm
and stress" what with characteristic emotional upheavals, conflicts and
During adolescence one is faced with
rapid growth, changes in body proportions and physiological changes of sexual maturing.
These changes inevitably entail modifications in his previous self-concept. Adolescence
has been described as the stage of "identity crisis" where the one is involved
in a final definition of self-identity. All of these require increased self-definition,
which is not always easily achieved.
Many an adolescent goes through a traumatic state of
"identity diffusion" in which they experience uncertainty as just "who they
are" and "what is life all about". It has also been pointed out that many
emotionally disturbed adolescents are not rebelling but rather searching for
self-definition and meaningful standards of conduct to follow. Again where
experts@JUSTEVES will be of great help.