Personality Development in Teenagers

Parents with teenagers at home often have a tough task handling them. The same goes for teachers handling a class of teenagers. While this is a difficult phase, parents and teachers must also realize that this is also the phase where individuals are molded. This age is perfect for personality development. Some of the key areas of personality development that are valuable for teenagers include improving self confidence, self motivation, nurturing talents, overcoming identity crisis and peer influence.

Some of these factors can be nurtured and developed in a school/college environment while other have to begin at home. Schools and colleges must ensure that personality development forms a part of the academic curriculum. Sadly a lot of educational institutions tend to ignore this. Encouraging teenagers to explore their talents by offering a variety of extracurricular activities is often a simple but key step. More recently teachers have been encouraging reflection activities in classrooms. This encourages students to think about what defines them and what line of interest they would like to pursue. Other activities can include class presentations to improve self confidence and team projects to improve leadership and team spirit.

Community help projects in schools are also extremely beneficial for teenage development. This activity not only promotes group dynamics but also makes teenagers aware of privileges they take for granted.

Several teenagers suffer low esteem. This is due to strong peer pressure influence in high schools and colleges. Teachers need to demonstrate clearly that each individual is unique and has to be respected. Lecturing hardly ever works with teenagers and this needs to achieved with class activities. There are a variety of classroom activities designed to help teenagers overcome identity crisis and grow. It is also important for teachers to understand the one set of activities will not work with all. Some teenagers may require more attention and development than the others.

The home environment is the first and strongest environment for teenage personality development. Parents must encourage their teenagers to participate in after school activities such as sports, volunteering or even pursing a passion like music or art. These activities ensure that teenagers have a holistic development. Further they prepare them for the future by teaching them key skills like time and stress management.

Teenagers face various problems in school often as a result of peer pressure. Parents should encourage open communication at home. Taking time out on a regular basis to talk to teenagers about school is beneficial. During these sessions parents must reinforce individuality and discourage them from blindly following peer trends.

Irrespective of the environment, most often helping a teenager develop his/her personality is a huge task. Though personality development is of great benefit, some teenagers may not understand this. They end up being uncooperative and difficult to handle. Parents and teachers need to extra patient with such teenagers and remember they went through this phase too. Lecturing or blaming them never helps. Giving them space, time and constant guidance is a far more effective way of encouraging teenage personality development.