Changeable mood and emotions of teenagers
Teenagers are sometimes very difficult to get along with. They can be noisy, create a mess in the house, do not agree with the established rules and constantly ask you for pocket money. But all this would not be so terrible if they did not happen so often mood swings that cause parents to worry about the emotional health of the child.
Often the behavior of teenagers seems to parents so dangerous that they are ready to resort to the help of a psychologist. However, recent studies confirm that adolescents may experience mood swings, and this is quite normal for this age. Over time, such differences in most cases disappear.
According to psychologists, in early adolescence, the behavior of children is most unstable, but gradually it stabilizes.
Both teenagers and their parents and teachers need to understand that mood swings at this age are normal, and not always a cause for concern.
However, violent behavior is not observed in all adolescents: some of them do not show sharp changes in behavior. Researchers believe that teenagers, whose mood changes greatly with age, require close attention. Previously, it was thought that mood swings in adolescents are associated with emotional, behavioral and interpersonal problems, but this is not always the case.
Psychologists conducted a study that involved about 500 adolescents aged 13 to 18 years. 40% of the subjects were prone to bad behavior. For 5 years, the teenagers kept an Internet diary, in which they periodically wrote about their feelings. On a daily basis, they assessed the strength of emotions such as happiness, anger, sadness, and anxiety. The researchers then analyzed the emotional state of the Teens and identified common patterns.
It was found that over time, emotions such as happiness, anger, and sadness became less intense. Girls generally had a more diverse range of emotions than boys, but changes in emotions occurred at roughly the same rate. By the age of 18, emotional swings in most subjects were replaced by more stable behavior.
The researchers noted a gradual stabilization of emotions in adolescents due to various life stages, such as the first romantic relationship, the first breakup, the first arguments with parents about when to return home, etc. They also noted that over time, adolescents are better and better cope with mood swings.
The only emotion that the researchers said did not match the General trend and did not stabilize with age was anxiety. His hesitation is related to the fact that teenagers graduate from school and choose their life path. Therefore, it is quite normal to experience anxiety in such conditions.
You can’t know for sure why your child has a temper tantrum at a family dinner or why he’s constantly arguing with his grandmother. But perhaps you will feel better about the fact that all over the world parents of teenagers face the same problems.