The Difference between Youth and Adults
Whether you are young or old, youth, young adult, adult or middle aged, there is one fact we all agree on. We are different. We think, act and react differently. But why?
Youth are in the process of growing up, both physically and mentally. Their forming identities make it easy for them to be influenced. It is much easier for youth to learn new skills and alter values. Much depend on their examples in life. The question is, what separates youth from adults?
Youth may know right from wrong, but they copycat adult opinions without any real understanding of why right is right and wrong is wrong. By virtue of immaturity, youth have less developed abilities than adults, to control their impulses, to use reason to guide actions and to think about the consequences of their behavior.
The Difference between youth and adults: Psychology
Psychological research confirms what every parent knows or should know: Youth and especially teenagers, act more thoughtlessly than adults. Perhaps because they are not adults yet?
Psychologically, adolescent youth are less capable than adults to recognize and understand the long-term consequences of actions, to think independently instead of buckling to peer pressure or the influence of older friends. Youth battle to control their emotions and act impulsively rather than rationally. All of these factors influence a youth’s ability to make sensible decisions.
Psychologists ascribe the differences between adults and youth to either rational or psychosocial variances. Youth simply think differently than adults, and lack social and emotional capabilities, which are developed in adults.
Youths’ thinking is present-oriented and they overlook future results and repercussions. Youth look only a few days into the future when making decisions based on emotions, such as anger or fear, rather than logic and reason. Stressful situations increase the risk that emotion, rather than sensible thought, will guide their choices. Even a mature youth with high-level reasoning skills, may regress to child-like and impulsive decisions.
The Difference between youth and adults: Neuroscience
Neuroscientists are now providing a physiological explanation for the features of adolescent youth that adults, parents and teachers have known for years. Their studies show that youth have physiologically underdeveloped resources to control themselves.
They have uncovered striking differences between the brains of adolescents and those of adults. They identified broad patterns of change in adolescents that begin with puberty and continue into young adulthood.
The frontal lobe of teenagers has different neural features than the adult brain. The frontal lobe is linked to regulating aggression, long-range planning, abstract thinking and moral judgment. In youth, the frontal lobe has not developed adequately to perform these functions.
So, believe it or not, there is a huge difference between youth and adults.
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