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VIDEO: Dan Siegel on Embracing the Energy and Creativity of the Adolescent Mind

Why Adolescent Behavior is More Than Just Raging Hormones

Dan Siegel

"The major innovations in art, music, technology and science come from adolescent minds," says psychiatrist and bestselling author Dan Siegel. There's only one problem, he adds. As adults, we're constantly trying to create routine and order that, while providing direction and safety for our children, also undermines their creativity.

In the following video clip from Siegel's unforgettable 2014 Networker Symposium address, "Unwrapping the Gift of the Adolescent Brain," he debunks some of the common myths surrounding adolescent brains and behavior.

Daniel Siegel, MD, is a professor of clinical psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. He's also the author of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain and Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation.

Often, kids' or teens'  loud, boisterous behavior is chalked up to "raging hormones" or "immaturity." But learning about the adolescent brain and how it functions could mean the difference between bolstering your young clients' creativity and productivity, or losing their respect and attention altogether.


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"We as a psychotherapy community have the potential to change the cultural conversation around adolescence," Siegel says. What's more, he adds, is changing our attitudes toward adolescent behavior can help us rekindle the passion and creativity that eludes many of us later in life.


Did you enjoy this video? Check out Siegel's article on his transformative experience during a week-long meditation retreat, in "A Week of Silence." You might also like "Complexity Choir: The Eight Domains of Self-Integration," in which he explains how Integrationthe linkage of differentiated elements of the brainilluminates a direct pathway toward health and helps us avoid a life of dull, boring rigidity on the one hand, or explosive chaos on the other.

Topic: Children/Adolescents | Creativity | Mind/Body | Parenting

Tags: adhd children | brain | brain development | brain functions | brain integration | brain science and psychology. | child psychiatrist | child therapist | Dan Siegel | Daniel Siegel

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Sunday, May 22, 2016 9:53:47 AM | posted by carol
i struggle daily with my daughter's resentment of the education system and how little it sparks creativity and expansive thinking. She and her friend are always talking about wanting to invent something wildly useful and not just for the money, but for the desire to engage with the creative surge that is festering, untapped inside them.