As much as teens hate being stereotyped, judged or living in a yes or no, black and white world, I often overhear pre-class discussions or waiting room conversations in the course of my work, where teens make assumptions and judgments about what is true or not true about an individual, a group, an organization or a situation.
I think the same is true for many adults. Perhaps judgment is human nature. Or is it simply one way that humans make sense out of what they don't understand or connect to? Or is it fear? Is it easier to judge, assume and compartmentalize things and people into categories so we don't have to look too deeply into what's really going on?
The truth is, we have all done it.Many of us still do. However the important thing to remember is, like I often say to the kids: "Our perception is not always reality!"
I love this article about adults perspective about teen reality. In my experience, this is spot on!
Kids are amazing. Their friends are important to them. They stick together. They watch out for each other. They support each other. The power of positive peer influence must never be underestimated! It is the foundation for most of the behavior changes I've witnessed in the high school teenagers I serve.
Incidently, neither can the power of the media be underestimated. Be careful where you get your information. I like to get mine right from the source! Just ask ... then listen. They'll tell you pretty much anything you'd like to know. And your perception of their reality might just be changed forever :)
lYour comments are always welcomed and encouraged. Simply click on "add comments" below to post!
Transition on Purpose