“Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain” by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Dr. Siegel identifies 3 myths about adolescents that sabotage parenting styles and inhibit the positive growth experiences of adolescents: 1) Adolescents are immature; 2) Adolescent behavior can be explained by “raging hormones”; 3) Adolescence is a phase of life that must simply be endured.  Because of the misunderstandings about adolescents, their lives are too often characterized by loneliness, distress and a lack of purpose.  Drawing upon new research in the field of neuroscience, Dr. Siegel outlines the exciting opportunities for growth that can occur during this phase of life.  This is a book written both for adolescents and parents that holds the promise of vastly improving the lives and experiences of both.

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