New PDF release: Adolescence: Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives

By Benjamin B. Wolman

ISBN-10: 0313303118

ISBN-13: 9780313303111

Integrating diversified medical info, this publication relates the organic as opposed to psychosocial elements of youth. correct facts from clinical literature were pulled jointly right into a systematic presentation of the organic and psychosocial problems with modern youth. half I describes the organic and sociopsychological developmental procedures; half II specializes in the distinctive difficulties of up to date youth; half III analyzes the factors of the issues and discusses tentative treatments. Written for psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, and anthropologists.

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The id is entirely unconscious and operates on the "pleasure principle," that is, the principle of instant gratification and impulsive behavior. " Gradually the ego and superego evolve out of the id. The ego is partly conscious and partly unconscious. " Whereas the id represents blind energy, the ego takes into consideration the potential consequences of behavior. The id pursues pleasure, come what may, but the ego seeks the most favorable and least dangerous method for obtaining pleasure. The ego acts as a watchdog, constantly testing reality; self-preservation is the ego's main task.

In speaking to them she wears an artificial expression on her face; she is cautious, hypocritical, play-acting" (De Beauvoir, 1953). Women had no choice but to accept their passive, subservient countenance of charming girls, subservient wives, and caring mothers; they were brainwashed to accept their social role. "Penis envy" was a symbolic expression of rebellion of adolescent girls. The penis was envied not as a sexual organ, but as a symbol of freedom. In Freud's time many girls wished they were boys, for this was the only, though imaginary, way of escaping discrimination and subservience.

In ancient Sparta, young men who belonged to the ruling class were given heavy armor at the age of 20. " Many primitive tribes stressed endurance, courage, and perseverance in male puberty rites, for those were the traits necessary for the survival of the tribe. The readiness to earn a living and assume responsibility for the family has been the essence of puberty rites even in primitive societies (Adelson, 1980; Kandel and Lesser, 1972; Mead, 1949; Rutter, 1980; Steinberg, 1985). It is therefore a fallacy to relate adulthood to sexual practices.

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