I’m considering perception … how our perceptions affects our emotions and/or actions.
Years ago, a person moved to into a small home a couple blocks way from the ocean. She was thrilled to move there ….She could see waves crashing from some of her windows and she could hear the soothing sound of the foghorn. But the first night she slept there, she awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of dogs barking. Lots of dogs, she thought it must be a kennel. All night long, dogs barking very loudly. It kept her awake for hours … that night and the next night and the next … She couldn’t understand why people were allowing that commotion to go on.
Finally, she’d had enough. One night, about 2 in the morning, she got out of bed, got dressed, got in her car and started to drive toward the sound of the barking dogs. She was going to find that kennel; Not sure what she was going to do when she found it, but she planned to somehow make them stop that racket.
Stress Affects On Teenagers. Emotions are the barometer of mental well-being and are part of the human experience. During adolescence, more than at any other time, emotions rule our lives. Teenagers are usually up or they’re down, and they are very rarely something in between. As parents we sometimes experience our teenagers’ emotional highs and lows as frighteningly out of control and most parents don’t know about stress affects on teenagers.
Why Are Teenagers So Up and Down?
Their response to the world is driven by emotion, not reason. This is because there is much less activity in their frontal lobes (the part of the brain responsible for reasoning) – this makes it harder for them to handle their emotions, especially in crisis situations. Read more about the structure of the teenage brain.
Because teens are not fully accessing their frontal lobes, other areas of the brain can get a little out of hand and create more extreme impressions of an external threat.