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Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries about the Teenage Brain Tell Us about Our Kids

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    The Primal Teen is a great book in aiding one to understand today's teen.

    I origionally purchased the book years ago when it first came out so I could better understand my nieces and nephews and the onset of the preteens that were at the house. In reading the book it gave me a better understanding about how their minds work and how they think. I knew that they had a lot going on in growing up in today's society but inside the brain I didn't fully understand. In reading and rereading this book I came back with a much better understanding for the teen and it gave me more and I taught myself to give more patience with the youth that I became to know.I even found humor in their actions. Every time they would do something not in character and not know why I would think back to this book and then help the teen figure out the right thing with patience and uncerstanding. What stuck out most in my mind was that when they say they didn't know, at that time they really didn't know-brain cells were being replaced/filed or relearning. Now I work in a school setting and this book helps me mith my job. It has brought me closer to today's youth and has enabled me to help them with patience and understanding. I have even suggeted the book to my book club to put on the reading list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    A Must Read for Parents of Teens

    This a a must for parents of teens. Before I read this I could not figure out my teenagers. The wacky stuff they did was beyond belief. After reading this book I have a better understanding of how their brains and body are developing. I recommend this to all my clients as a counselor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2006

    Excellent book

    An excellent resource for anyone who has, is, or knows a teenager. I use it in class and challenge students to pick it apart they tell me that it captures them perfectly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    A Must Read for Parents and Teachers

    This is a very important book that is a must read for parents and teachers and anyone else who deadl with teenagers. It reports on the latest scientific discovers in a well-writter manner that the average person can understand. It will also give adults wonderful insight into their own teenage years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2003

    Parent of teen-ager? READ THIS BOOK!

    This is an immensely impressive book. The author has compressed an amazing amount of exhaustive research into a compact, very readable and fascinating book, whose audience is parents of teen-agers. The knowledge this book provides about why teen-agers act as they do, and how many of these acts can be seen as a natural consequence of the initial immaturity but continuing development of the brain, is revelatory and encouraging to parents. Decades-old beliefs that the brain ceases most development around age three are replaced by new, widespread and unassailable scientific research proving that the brain is still engaged in major development through the `teens. Explanations rooted in the immature but developing brain are provided for many teen behavior patterns, including risky behavior, sleep patterns, growth spurts, sexual activity, and parental/authority testing/rejection, to name a few. This is a VERY important book. There should be several spin-offs. Candidates would include a NOVA show or PBS mini-series, and an MTV special, based on this book. Parent and teen magazines should mine this book for import-to-their-readership articles. As one researcher is quoted, ¿For the teenagers, this knowledge can be empowering.¿ I would encourage the author to write another, teen-audience edition of this book. Copies of this book should be provided to every TV producer who makes shows aimed at kids. Every high school principal, counselor, biology and psychology teacher should be given a copy. My wife and I are sending copies of The Primal Teen to all our friends who are parents of teen-agers. If you are a parent of a soon-to-be or current teen-ager, you MUST read this book.

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