How does a teenage brain work

Puberty is a stressful time for everyone involved. And the most beautiful: formative, unforgettable, full of good music.

The pubescent in general is always good for a laugh. Hardly any comedy can do without him - and without his numerous hardships. But the brain at this stage also has other issues. In addition to hormones that have gone wild (and the preferred gender), parties (and the preferred gender), computer games / apps / Whatsapp (please tick current trend) (and the preferred gender), it has significantly more synapses, for example. But also via significantly less myelin in the prefrontal cortex, i.e. the substance that gives the nerve fibers their speed. In the place where all these adult skills and values ​​are at stake.

The pubescent brain is a major construction site. Show a ten year old pictures of emotional faces. Sadness, anger, joy - even a child is pretty good at reading other people's emotions. At 11 it gets worse. At 12 it gets really bad and until it is back to normal it has a driver's license. Only then will the teen you are yelling at understands - because they came home at 8:00 a.m. instead of 12:00 a.m., for example - that you may be a little aroused.

Anyone who reads books about dealing with adolescents will find one thing in particular for their parents: never give up! Here is the introduction by Nora Schultz.