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Word “adolescent” is derived from a
Latin verb “adolescere”, which means
“to grow into maturity” or “to grow up”.
Age of revelation, awakening emotions
and newly discovered capabilities.
Age of revolution against adult control
and adult direction.
Adolescence is the transitional state; you
are neither a child nor an adult.
Changing attitudes and behavior begin to
show as the youngsters approaches
This period of life can be summarized by
an increase in chaotic extremes and
contradictory, intense inner feelings. It is the
age of anxiety and moodiness.
A conscious mental reaction (as anger or
fear) subjectively experience as a strong
feeling usually directed toward a specific
object and typically accompanied by
physiological and behavioral changes in
the body.
(Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
Defined as such, these emotional states
are specific manifestations of non-
verbally expressed feelings of
agreement, amusement, anger,
certainty, control, disagreement, disgust,
disliking, embarrassment, fear, guilt,
happiness, hate, interest, liking, love,
sadness, shame, surprise, and
shows strong feelings and intense emotions at
different times. Moods might seem unpredictable.
more sensitive to your emotions: young people
get better at reading and processing other
people’s emotions as they get older. While
they’re developing these skills, they can
sometimes misread facial expressions or body
more self-conscious, especially about
physical appearance and changes.
Teenage self-esteem is often affected by
appearance - or by how teenagers think
they look. As they develop, teens might
compare their bodies with those of friends
and peers
goes through an “invincible” stage of
thinking and acting as if nothing bad
could happen to him.
Fluctuating and inconsistent; very
Their emotions are very intense – what
they feel at any given moment, they feel
very deeply.
Their emotions can be explosive as well
as deep. At times, they’re discontent with
themselves with others will express itself in
anger, rebellion, or fear.
Emotional turmoil exist in early adolescents
primarily because there is turmoil in the physical,
social, mental, and spiritual areas of life.
life is changing, just like the body. These mood
swings are not just hormones – they may be
feeling a lot more pressure these days, and they
are still developing the skills they need to deal
with that pressure. They may be facing added
responsibilities at home, tougher grading policies
in school, and their friends may be changing.
1. Personality Development
Adolescent psychology offers a
reasonable explanation for this bizarre
behavior and this may be of some
- The explanation is this : in the process
of adolescent development, teens are
essentially “trying on” different
personalities of size to see which one or
ones suit them best.
2. Social Development
- they will express variety of emotions,
feelings, attitudes, and temperaments to
discover the range of reaction they get
from others, especially from their peers.
- peer relationships become very
important to teens. (Friends are the very
lifeblood of the adolescence; they are
people who can be who listen and who
can understand feelings).
3. Mental Development
- adolescence wants to come up
with an identity on their own, to be
their own person, and to make their
own choices and commitments.
- they want to be set free and be
treated like adults.
4. Spiritual Aspects
- early adolescents who are trying to
think for themselves and make meaningful
commitments in their own are often very
open and responsive to the message of
the Gospel.
- rarely able to put much of their faith
into practice right away.
- however, they are not ready to sacrifice
their faith for their friends.

- emotional unpredictability helps set the teens apart

from the rest of the human race.
- adults and little children are easy to be categorize
(e.g she’s such a pleasant little girl; Mr. Jones is the real
happy go lucky sort of guy)
- teens on the other hand may be pleasant today
and terrors tomorrow.
- these strange shifts in behaviors are not limited to
individual, they are also found in groups.
A. Have Patience! Don’t Panic!
- it is no easy task to adopt to the emotional ups and
downs of the teenagers.
- there’s nothing wrong with being firm and strict and
being honest about your feelings but they do need to see
maturity and consistency in their adult leaders as much as
- rather than losing control, it is best to try to be as
understanding as possible and relatively good natured
through it all.
B. Establish Discipline
- the important thing is to do it with
consistency or with a predetermined
standard that is fair, just, and understood
by everyone from the very beginning.
- however, when someone is guilty of
disruptive conduct or of compromising
the rules, it is best to handle this problem
C. Be Careful of Your Judgements
- teens behavior will many times hide
more than it reveals, so you can’t really
depend on positive behavior to
measure your success, failure or results.
- don’t see the result base or
reflected in some kind of positive
behavior. You will usually be
disappointed if you do.
D. Don’t Play with Their Emotions
- the temptation for a youth worker is to take full
advantage of these emotions when attempting to
produce design results.
- if you can make them feel guilty, afraid, excited,
ecstatic, angry, or whatever, you can usually get
the design response from them.
- but like emotions themselves, these responses
are usually very shallow and temporary. Emotions
are not only intense at this age, but they are also
transient in anything base on them is also going to
be fleeting.
 Don’t Expect Youth to Respond as
You Do
 Present an image of emotional
- we must be unchangeable. This is
emotional stability. The adolescent is
very unstable and demand stability in
his leader.
 We must be emotionally balance
- here we are to provide the
image to the teenager that will
cause him to have confidence in
 Treat teens emotions as
 Don’t ever become insensitive.