The teenage years are possibly the most important years in one’s life when a character is considered. It is at this time that the character is the most versatile for shaping. Teenagers are also considered as impulsive and hot-headed They are with strong views, likes and dislikes.
As teenagers, they are exposed to a world much unknown to them. They are quite easily influenced. Through these, they undergo a sense of self-discovery. This forms the basis of further self-development. These things might be the recent fashion trend or a big gadget in the market.
The majority of teenagers are influenced by the idea of gaining popularity. Everyone is driven by the craving of being popular, since three years old or so. There is always someone in the school field who is “likable” or someone in the office who is “cool”.
Teenagers are expected to develop a sense of identity and individuality. This leads them to pursue popular things. This is incorrectly labeled as peer pressure or hormone-drive. The adolescent brain is wired to look out towards the person with the most credit. They tune-in to the most powerful, influential, and who everyone else wants to look at the most.
It is said that teenagers have strong opinions about things they dislike. This stems from a certain uncertainty and uneasiness they feel. They are maturing, which opens them up to phenomena hitherto unknown. Compounded by an uncertain future, bodily changes and the pressure of performing as an adult eventually snowballs them into a state of confusion.
Most adolescents do not develop anxiety disorders but acquire the skill to modulate their fear as their prefrontal cortex matures in young adulthood, at around age 25. But up to 20 percent of adolescents in India experience a diagnosable anxiety disorder, like generalized anxiety or panic attacks, probably resulting from a mix of genetic factors and environmental influences.
The teenage dislikes also stem from this effect of anxiety which they attempt to cope with via means such as alcohol. It is common for them to lash out regarding activities such as social meetings and community discussions, for they feel out of place in such social constructs.
So, broadly speaking, teenagers liking and disliking are not from any single common source. It varies for every teen out there. However, a few scenarios which are common out there. Taking these into consideration is a major step in understanding, unraveling and supporting a teenager.