Unformatted text preview: moral, ideological, and psychological characteristics. This will be covered in more detail shortly. B. Why is adolescence so much more difficult than other stages??? 1) Rapid Physical Changes- often leads to self-image concerns. More than at other developmental stages, adolescents are concerned (often overwhelmingly so) with fitting in with others, looking a certain way, appearing "pretty" or "god looking", etc. In addition, the sense of identity is sometimes based on physical appearance at this stage in life. 2) Cognitive Changes- the use of introspection (this is new) and abstract reasoning to consider complex ideas and hypotheses can cause many, many problems. For example, "what happens if I don't look good? Are they going to dislike me because I am ugly?"...
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- Spring '10
- Developmental Psychology, rapid physical changes, Adolescence A. Characteristics