Topics: Adolescence, Persuasion, Regulatory Focus Theory Pages: 5 (1774 words) Published: January 7, 2013
How Does Positive Persuasion Exist in Teenagers? What Are the Effects?

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There are many of us who constantly assume that teenagers are overall just trouble makers, that their up to no good, and that sex, alcohol and drugs are all they think about. Yes, this is a common fact but do you ever think about the positive that comes out of teenagers, if there is any? Society has influenced many around the world to label teenagers. As I analyze my research, I will find the answer to does positive persuasion exist in teenagers? As far as the word persuasion, it will be defined and discussed in terms of sight and sound. The idea of teenagers persuading adults and parent/teen relationships will be examined. Along with are they positive relationships or negative. In order for me to prove this, I researched several different scholarly sources and one primary source. I interviewed an individual in my life and connected my story to this paper, analyzing myself with several stories I came across. These sources help compare everyday teens to one another.

Keywords: analyze, positive persuasion, parent/teen relationships, sight, sound

How Does Positive Persuasion Exist in Teenagers? What Are the Effects?
Persuasion, it exists in all kinds of ways. Whether it’s physical or mental something’s always changing your opinion. Advertising is one way to persuade a person mentally. But what I’m going to prove to you is that positive persuasion exists in teenagers. What exactly is persuasion?

Persuasion is a way to interest another person into believing what you believe in. I found it interesting when I was reading an article on persuasion that the article “defines persuasion as a form of social influence. It is the process of guiding oneself or another toward the adoption of an idea, attitude or action by rational and symbolic (though not always logical) means. Video is perhaps the most effective tool for persuasion because it involves two senses: sight and sound, which people use to form opinions” (York, 2011). The idea of persuasion is that a person can allow another person to believe in a particular idea. Sight and sound are the best ways to persuade a person because it’s easier to follow an idea by visualizing it rather than just listening to it. Justifying the aspects of persuasion, I came across many definitions to this word but feeling strongly about this idea of sight and sound, this best fit how to explain the main picture of persuasion. Teenage persuasion exists but majority of it is resulted negatively by society.

Teenagers and Persuasion
Society reflects on teens as bad influences, troublemakers and under the influence of peer-pressure. Sex, drugs, and alcohol are what life for a teenager is based on; well if that’s what you think than your wrong. Read this quote “life can seem like a huge vessel veering out of control” (The Autonomous Generation, 1998). Teens hit that road in life where they feel neglected so by getting involved in sex, drugs, and alcohol they are reaching out for help. In this article it discusses the neglect a teenager portrays because of their parents. Every teen needs an adult figure in their life; someone they can reach out to, someone they can come to, someone they trust, and someone they are comfortable around to express themselves too. For example of what society puts on teens, “Teenagers, like toddlers, are prone to dramatic mood swings, fits of temper, frustration, and disgust…toddlers and teenagers are also often charming, witty, and refreshingly insightful…” (Loar, 2001). Although this may be true, these are just stages we all experience throughout life. I know this because I myself went through this same stage. As I was growing up my parents both worked full time; I didn’t have that motherly figure growing up. My older...

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