The Teenage Years
Growing up is a hard process, especially for those who are experiencing their adolescent years. Everyone who has gone through this process agrees that these years have been some of the most awkward and strangest years of their lives; the ‘teen years’ is a period of time in which the majority of people tend to have rebellious and irresponsible behavior, where it’s easy to feel isolated and where everything bad that happens is the “end of the world”. Teenagers seem to hate everything around them; they seem to always “know what’s best” and to think of adults as fake and annoying due to their beliefs and their way of speaking. On the other hand, many adults do not know how to communicate to teenagers because they have lost a certain understanding of what it’s like to be a teen. In this paper we will discuss some of the different problems that adolescence can cause and what teenager’s feelings can be by analyzing the behavior and situation of Holden Caulfield, the main character of The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger. To begin with, this essay will concentrate on the difficulties that teenagers can have while trying to gain a sense of belonging in society and, simply, trying to fit in with a group of friends while fighting their feelings of being excluded and different from those around them. We will then discuss in detail, the link between depression with teens and the use of alcohol and drugs. Finally, we will explain why it is so important for teens to have a healthy relationship with their family and for the family to be supportive and to openly communicate with their children. A great way to define adolescence is to call it a ‘state of confusion’ or a blur of emotions and anxiety of various issues or problems. One of the most common feelings that teenagers have is that feeling of not fitting in, whether it be society, school or their family, the issue lies on the fact that they do not know what they really want to do and what to believe in; teens are struggling to find their own identity and to separate right from wrong. They tend to feel like no one is able to understand how they feel, what they’re going through or their way of seeing things, except for their friends, which is why a lot of teens distance themselves from their parents, for example. The problem with adolescents is that they are experiencing a period of time in their lives that represents the connection between their childhood and their adulthood, which makes things complicated for them. They ask for more freedom and independence in order to feel as if they are adults, yet they are not willing and are not ready to take on or accept many of the responsibilities that adults must deal with. Due to the fact that teenagers are going through a certain maturity and growing process into adulthood, there are many changes, responsibilities and decisions that they have to face. A lot of the responsibilities and maturity that teens have to take on is due to school, where they are told every day that they must figure out their future, like knowing where to go to college or find a career. A lot of teenagers, especially guys, have problems with balancing their want of being cool and in doing well in school. Due to the fact that guys try to be “cool” in front of others by wanting to show off that they are strong and superior to everyone else, many of them do not care about their grades and, often, disrespect their teachers in front of the class. This behavior, in some cases, turns into serious bullying, which is characterized by violent behaviors towards classmates. It is proven that certain bullies at school have a higher chance of joining gangs, due to their violent and malicious behavior. In fact, the number of gangs in schools has greatly increased, “The percent of students reporting street gang presence at school nearly doubled between 1989 and 1995, increasing from 15.3% to 28.4%” (soundvidion.com), and these numbers...
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