Hum Dev Paper #2

Hum Dev Paper #2 - Adolescent Running Head: ADOLESCENT...

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Adolescent Running Head: ADOLESCENT AUTOBIOGRAPHY Adolescent Autobiography Rebecca Richardson Brigham Young University SFL 210, Section 2 11-056-4272
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Adolescent Adolescent Autobiography The Lord states in Doctrine and Covenants 122: 7 that “all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good”, a statement that suggests that life’s experiences can be for our developmental benefit. Three influential experiences in my early life that have transfigured me into who I am today include my first relationship, my heavy involvement in a school fundraiser, Mr. THS, and my summers spent on my grandparents farm in Nevada. These life experiences have aided my development socially, morally, cognitively, and spiritually and have impacted my relationship to my family and peers, and my self- esteem. 1 – First Boyfriend It was the summer after eighth grade when I met Weston. Prior to this point I had never held hands or kissed a boy, and while I had had my fair share of girlhood crushes, I had never felt this “in love”. Weston and I spent every moment for three weeks together and after he left to go back to Arizona we continued to correspond via email, phone calls and letters. He was my first boyfriend. Social Development Having a relationship, however insignificant it was, at such an early age impacted many aspects of my development. My relationship to my peers, my parents and siblings, other boys, and my boyfriend significantly changed. The first thing I did once I got home was to tell all my closest girl friends what had happened. From then on, our conversations seemed to revolve around the boy I liked, which in turn sparked my friend’s interest in members of the opposite sex. I became cold and distant from my parents and family, largely due to the fact that I spent a larger amount of time writing letters or in conversation with Weston. I put my sudden and shallow feelings towards a boy over my lasting and deep relationship with my family. After
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Adolescent Weston, I became more flirtatious and more aware of the way I looked, dressed, and acted, mostly to catch the attention of other boys. My desire to have a long term boyfriend increased dramatically and it became one of my highest priorities. My world revolved around Weston. I would check the mail the moment I got home from school. Every time the phone rang I would jump up to answer it. When I was not able to be home for an extended period of time, I would inquire every member of the family to see if there was a call I missed or a message Weston left. All of these changes in relationships added up to an increased self-interest and awareness. I became self-absorbed and cared less about people that meant more to me. Moral
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2011 for the course SFL 210 taught by Professor Neilson during the Winter '09 term at BYU.

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