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Assignment 2: Transitioning to Young Adulthood What have you learned about development during adolescence that might explain how this quote can apply to modern day adolescents, as well as those who lived centuries ago? Piaget theorized that the formal operational stage is the stage at which people develop the ability to think abstractly. He suggested that people reach this stage at the start of adolescence, around age 12. During this stage, adolescences use formal principles of logic to bear on problems they encounter, adolescents are able to consider problems in the abstract rather than only in concrete terms. Adolescents in the formal operational stage use hypothetic deductive reasoning, in which they start with a general theory about what produces a particular outcome and then deduce explanations for specific situations in which they see that particular outcome. According to Piaget, it is not until adolescents are around 15 years old that they are fully settled in the formal operational stage. This is because all of us are often cognitively lazy, relying on intuition and mental shortcuts rather than on formal reasoning. In addition, we are more apt to think abstractly and use formal operational thought on tasks on which we have considerable experience; in unfamiliar situations, we find it more difficult to think using formal operations. Furthermore, adolescents differ in their use of formal operations because of the culture in which they were raised. (Feldman, 2016) Regardless of the culture or timeframe many adults grew up in, they all felt the need for their parents to stop treating them like a child, they all felt as if their parents did not understand them, they became more preoccupied with their personal style and image, they began keeping secrets from their parents and so on. Many parents and grandparents can relate to these feelings as they reflect upon their adolescence years which is why I believe that common experience can be used to better relate to the children of today. For instance, during my adolescence years my mother would attempt to exercise authority over me as a means to shield me from the ways of the
world. My father, on the other hand, would share stories about his adolescence years and use that

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