How to Tell If Your Teenager Is Lying and What to Do about It

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From the Smell & Taste expert that brought us Sensa comes a revolutionary exercise in understanding teenagers based on years of research. Parents suspect that their teens are not being completely honest with them but is there a way to tell for sure without being too intrusive? Dr. Alan Hirsch provides the telltale signs. With the understanding that everyone does it occasionally, Dr. Hirsch guides the concerned parent about what to look for when lying becomes a habit, or when the parent suspects that the teen ...

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Overview

From the Smell & Taste expert that brought us Sensa comes a revolutionary exercise in understanding teenagers based on years of research. Parents suspect that their teens are not being completely honest with them but is there a way to tell for sure without being too intrusive? Dr. Alan Hirsch provides the telltale signs. With the understanding that everyone does it occasionally, Dr. Hirsch guides the concerned parent about what to look for when lying becomes a habit, or when the parent suspects that the teen is lying to cover up high-risk behaviors or other serious problems. The insight gained from this book will help parents recognize the physiological changes that occur: Is your teen scratching his or her nose? The verbal changes: Are they saying, I cannot! instead of the more common, I can't! Dr. Hirsch shows you how to be alert for these and many more giveaways. Dr. Hirsch encourages parents to keep the lines of communication open, set clear guidelines, be firm, and when all else fails, he suggests agencies and programs to go to for counseling and additional help.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980064902
  • Publisher: Hilton Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 177
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Hirsch, MD, FACP, is a medical practioner and researcher with dual certification in neurology and psychiatry. He founded the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago and in his 25 years as a neurological director at the Foundation, has conducted more than 200 research studies, published over 180 articles in top medical journals, and contributed to numerous discoveries that have literally changed the way Americans eat, shop, think, and feel. he has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey show, CNN, the CBS Early Show, Good Morning America and Extra TV.
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The pre-adolescent and teen years represent the time that our children are exposed to so much so fast—most parents say “way too fast.” Before these years, parents usually shelter their children as much as possible, even though that’s a difficult task today. We view our kids as novices at the business of life and not mature enough to understand or handle adult concerns. The kids often think they’re very mature and ready to handle making adult choices, and this is why communication often breaks down. Sometimes common ground is hard to find.

Today’s kids, like those of past generations, must learn to set a course that allows them to survive the seductive, but potentially dangerous, temptations the world holds. At the very least, they’re exposed to cigarette smoking and alcohol, and, almost certainly, illegal drugs. Earlier than ever, they’re confronted with the lure of sexual activity that, at minimum, puts them at risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. This early exposure to the power of their sexuality may ultimately lead to a promiscuous lifestyle. Day after day, the pressure is on to step outside the boundaries of good judgment and morals.

It’s true that some people find the discussion of teens and the kinds of risks to which they’re exposed difficult and painful. Given a choice, all parents would prefer to concentrate on the positive side of adolescent life and try to reap the benefits of the years of hard work they’ve already invested instilling morals and values. Our challenge as parents is to strike a balance between loosening our hold in some areas, while hanging on tight in others. We want to foster independence and enjoy a close relationship, while exercis­ing judgment and caution, and by reining our adolescents in when necessary.

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This book provides some of the tools you can use to distinguish the lying from the truthful teenager. These are weapons that support your fight for the health, happiness, and safety of your children dur­ing a most vulnerable stage, adolescence. To put this in technical terms, during these years brain function has not achieved the full maturation required for cognition not superseded by emotion.

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Table of Contents

    1 Everybody Lies

    2 Childhood Lying—A Demonstration

    3 Nature’s Lies

    4 Become a Human Lie Detector: What I Learned from President Bill Clinton

    5 Making a Federal Case out of It, or Why Does This Matter Anyway?

    6 The Type of Lie May Confuse Us

    7 Is Teen Privacy Overrated?

    8 What Interferes with Telling and Learning the Truth?

    9 The Big Lies and What You Can Do about Them

   10 Preventing Lies with Family Values

Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, M.D., F.A.C.P., is a regular on GMA and other media outlets. He is a Neurologist and Psychiatrist. He is affiliated with the Smell and Taste Research and Treatment Foundation in Chicago, Mercy Hospital, and Rush University Medical Center. More information on Dr. Hirsch can be found on www.scienceofsmell.com or www.trysensa.com.

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First Chapter

How to Tell If Your Teenager Is Lying and What to Do about It


By Alan R. Hirsch

Hilton Publishing

Copyright © 2010 Alan R. Hirsch
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780980064902

The pre-adolescent and teen years represent the time that our children are exposed to so much so fast—most parents say “way too fast.” Before these years, parents usually shelter their children as much as possible, even though that’s a difficult task today. We view our kids as novices at the business of life and not mature enough to understand or handle adult concerns. The kids often think they’re very mature and ready to handle making adult choices, and this is why communication often breaks down. Sometimes common ground is hard to find.

Today’s kids, like those of past generations, must learn to set a course that allows them to survive the seductive, but potentially dangerous, temptations the world holds. At the very least, they’re exposed to cigarette smoking and alcohol, and, almost certainly, illegal drugs. Earlier than ever, they’re confronted with the lure of sexual activity that, at minimum, puts them at risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. This early exposure to the power of their sexuality may ultimately lead to a promiscuous lifestyle. Day after day, the pressure is on to step outside the boundaries of good judgment and morals.

It’s true that some people find the discussion of teens and the kinds of risks to which they’re exposed difficult and painful. Given a choice, all parents would prefer to concentrate on the positive side of adolescent life and try to reap the benefits of the years of hard work they’ve already invested instilling morals and values. Our challenge as parents is to strike a balance between loosening our hold in some areas, while hanging on tight in others. We want to foster independence and enjoy a close relationship, while exercis­ing judgment and caution, and by reining our adolescents in when necessary.

. . .

This book provides some of the tools you can use to distinguish the lying from the truthful teenager. These are weapons that support your fight for the health, happiness, and safety of your children dur­ing a most vulnerable stage, adolescence. To put this in technical terms, during these years brain function has not achieved the full maturation required for cognition not superseded by emotion.



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