Adolescent Egocentrism Case Studies
Teenagers manifest their egocentrism through imaginary audience and personal fables. Whereby, teenagers walk around as if they have an imaginary audience watching very move they make. A good example of imaginary audience will be when a parent tries to show his affection in the public to his teenage son or when his friends are around. Teenagers think this is not cool, what would their imaginary audience think?
Looking back I realize my brother went through this phase, when he is hanging out with his friends he would be so embarrassed for my mother to address him as “sweetie, honey” he gets upset about it. There was a time he was sick and admitted in the hospital, few of his friends stopped by the hospital to see him my mother tried to give him a hug because she misses him and he turned her down and became very defensive and explained why it is not cool for a fourteen year old to be hugging his mother. Also, when you try to kiss him in the cheek he brushes it off and in a manner of as if to say “What is wrong with you can’t you see everybody is watching us”. Even when I know it is just one or two persons around. In his mind, he believes the imaginary audience is around and they will not approve of such affection from his sister or mother. Same goes to when it comes to dressing up especially for teenage girls, they keep looking at themselves in the mirror as if to get an “Okay you look great”, from how they dress, look, and outward appearance all are subject to the approval of imaginary audience.
Case Study 2 the Personal Fable
A teenager with personal fable have feelings of nothing bad will happen to me, I am invincible, and untouchable kind of attitude. A good example will be a sixteen year old foster care child that I took care of when I was working as a social worker. He joined the wrong crowd and started going with his gang to commit robbery at night. He confessed to me about robbing “people that are not smart”, I brought the issue