Judgment Call: Maturity, Emotions and the Teenage Brain
Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes can often be the hardest part of any argument. As we further our understanding of the human brain and how it functions, it’s becoming clearer that people of different ages truly to do think about things differently. Not only in ideology, but also in the actual way our synapses fire, which differ by age.
Though is the greatest facet of human life that we hold. It is our independent thought and self-aware critical thinking processes that separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Where would we be without thought? It is with thought that we draw our lines in the sand, form our ideas and beliefs, and choose to live by the principles that we defend throughout our lives. But if you’ve ever wondered If having a change of heart was more nature than nurture, you may have very well been on the right walking the right line of thinking.
It is our own brain that is often responsible for a change in sentiment or a reprioritization of our thought process and the things, which we hold most dear. We all remember when one that once meant the world to us, now isn’t even on our radar, as well as the things we glossed over, that now light fires in our eyes. Passion, importance, commitment, ease of being influenced, and many more attributes of the political thinking psyche can be driven by the very unique changes in our brains that allow us to think about these things in the first place.
As we age, our brain continues to develop, especially in transition from childhood to adulthood. While we have laws that seem to arbitrarily protect certain aged individuals from themselves, they may in fact have due course for their age limits. Most of us have heard that the frontal lobe, or the thought center, does not stop developing until around age 25. Even most 20 year olds will admit to having thought differently about something or handled a situation in a different manner as little as one or two years earlier. Of course, any 40 year old will tell you they certainly don’t think the same way as their 20-year-old selves.
But what exactly is it that drives all these changes and what are the myriad effects that these changes can have? Are most viewpoints heavily affected simply by age, and not by reasoning or ideology?
Take a look at this infographic “Judgment Call: Maturity, Emotions, and The Teenage Brain” for an in-depth look at how the different parts of our brains develop, and how they help form our identities and passions over time. You may be surprised at how identifiable the difference between the mind of a teenager and the thought process of an adult is. So take a look, and next time you find yourself incredulous that someone younger than you or older you can think so very different, just remember you may have been in their shoes one day, or may be getting there soon.
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