Adolescent Egocentrisim

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Adolescent Egocentrism
PSY 357

When the self-conscious of individual adolescents is heightened, it is called adolescent egocentrism. There are two key components to adolescent egocentrism according to David Elkind, and they are the imaginary audience and the personal fable. (Santrock, 2011). It is these two components that David Elkind discusses and is the topic throughout which will be further explained through reflection and examples of personal experience or fictitious case studies. The first component that will be looked at is of the imaginary audience. Elkind points out that this when adolescents believe that others are interested in them as much as they are themselves. The adolescent will make attempts at trying to get noticed as well as behaving in ways that could draw the attention of others. (Santrock, 2011). The main theme of the imaginary audience is that the individual always feels visible in that he or she is the most important while others are all looking at them like an audience, hence the name of the manifestation. At times it feels as this concept of the imaginary audience does not end with adolescence but only gets greater as we age. As we age do we not continue to feel that people are watching us and therefore try to look our best most of the time in public? The next type of manifestation is called the personal fable. According to Santrock (2011), Elkind describes this as a time when adolescents feel a sense of uniqueness and invincibility. As individuals we are unique in our own ways and that is one aspect of being human. In adolescence and realizing your own uniqueness can at times get overwhelming when trying to understand who you are and how you are different from others. Other times the concept of personal fable can get many into trouble when they feel they are invincible or invulnerable to life’s many perils. In early adolescence…...

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