By Benjamin B. Wolman
Integrating varied medical info, this booklet relates the organic as opposed to psychosocial facets of youth. correct facts from clinical literature were pulled jointly right into a systematic presentation of the organic and psychosocial problems with modern formative years. half I describes the organic and sociopsychological developmental strategies; half II makes a speciality of the precise difficulties of latest teenagers; half III analyzes the factors of the issues and discusses tentative treatments. Written for psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, and anthropologists.
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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. The main connection between sex and adulthood is socioeconomic responsibility; children can practice sex in this way or another, and adolescents can produce children, but adults assume responsibility for their offspring.
The answer is gradually found through the process of identification, first with Personality Development 33 one's parents, then one's peers, and later with the society at large, or a segment of it. In late adolescence or young adulthood an individual defines himself or herself as a liberal or conservative, Catholic or Presbyterian, and so on. , 1979; Rokeach, 1979; Wolman, 1973a). THE WE-EGO The formation of the "we-ego" is indicative of a higher level of personality development. It implies a voluntary participation in setting norms and rules in contradiction to the superego, which is an acceptance of norms and rules imposed by the parents.
How cowardly, base and crawling men are! . Life has become a burden to me, for I no longer enjoy any pleasure, and everything causes me pain. It is a burden to me because the people with whom I live, and probably always shall live, have manners and customs which are as different from mine as the light of the moon from that of the sun. I cannot, therefore, live as I should wish to, and thence arises an aversion to everything. (Quoted after Kircheisen, 1931, pp. 17-18) THE SEARCH FOR MEANING The need to find out who one is and what one would like to do and accomplish in life is typical of all adolescents, but how successful they are in this search for identity largely depends on what their environment has to offer them.
Adolescence: Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives (Contributions in Psychology) by Benjamin B. Wolman