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Thom World Poet Austin, Texas, USA
Global Radical networker and activist for promoting the live Creative Arts,
at every possible opportunity, especially in his home-city, Austin, Texas, USA

Friday, October 7, 2011

the teen brain

Adaptation is both physiological and emotional-
adolescence exposes us to more risk/rewards than normal
We are @risk from opinions of our peer group
we are more exposed to the possibilities of random rewards
Our very brain buzzes with neural hormones(oxytocin)
and fatty myelin tissue.We are growing /changing
and patterns of our behavior seem unpredictable.
Never before has so much ridden upon new skills-
learning to drive,experimenting with cigarettes,alcohol,drugs-
becoming socialized via parties and academic challenges.
We are in process,and the process has parameters
both predictable and un-
Some will go wild for a time,feral and testing
Others will plough straight fields ,seeking success
Change is the nature of such adaptive associations
reinforced by peers,parents,and authority figures
We are learning to become social creatures-to bridge
from childhood to adulthood-and this transition period
exposes us to maximum stress,test,risk and reward.
Predicting what adolescents will do is as limited and limiting
as trusting reptilian politicians...

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