By Benjamin B. Wolman
Integrating diversified clinical info, this ebook relates the organic as opposed to psychosocial points of formative years. suitable facts from medical 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 strategies; half II makes a speciality of the certain difficulties of latest teens; half III analyzes the explanations of the issues and discusses tentative treatments. Written for psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, and anthropologists.
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The first phase is anomous. Human life begins in a state of extreme instrumentalism, and unlimited and unrestrained selfishness. Prenatal life is necessarily parasitic as the not-yet-born organism "lives off its mother's body. After birth the survival of neonates depends upon their ability to continue the parasitic-narcissistic position of the prenatal life. To take everything and to give nothing in return is the survival device of every newborn child. At the initial stage of life there is no love for anyone except for oneself, and the infant's entire libido is invested in oneself.
For instance, Goldstein and Segall (1983) reported that everywhere the most aggressive acts are performed by male adolescents, but most probably male adolescent aggressiveness is a product or combination of biological and sociocultural factors, and it is still debated which factor is more important (Dreyer, 1982). There is also no evidence that females are more vulnerable to stress than males (Kessler and McLeod, 1985). The fact that women have a higher rate of reporting severe stress and of first admission to mental hospitals is probably related to the fact that women are more exposed to stressful situations because of their role in taking care of the family.
The personality of the adolescent thus resembles a car in which the power of the engine (the id) is increased without a proportionate increase of the control apparatus of steering and braking (the ego and superego). In most instances, the decline of parental influence decreases the power of the superego in adolescence. Not every adolescent goes through the same degree of emotional turmoil. Freud's developmental stages represent potential but not necessarily inevitable patterns of developmental phases.
Adolescence: Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives (Contributions in Psychology) by Benjamin B. Wolman