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Robert Epstein, (drrobertepstein.com), is a research scientist and former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today, author of 15 books including his latest Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence (teen20.com; other sites include: HowAdultAreYou.com, MyParentingSkills.com, ExtendedChildhoodDisorder.com, HowInfantilizedAreYou.com). He's finishing his new e-book Finding the Inner Adult in Your Teen: A Guide for Parents (teenrepairkit.com). He's also the father of six. He debunks two big myths: the myth of adolescence, and the myth of the defective teen brain.
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• My Summary – Epstein argues that if "teenagerhood" was a universal malady, it would be universally acknowledged much like toddlerhood – everywhere and always, a 2 year old has been a 2 year old. But the very fact other cultures do not dismiss teenagers as morally or intellectually inferior mitigates against the claim of an inferior teenage brain that's bubbling in hormones. In fact, over 100 cultures around the world don't have any adolescent trauma, and many don't even have a word for "teenager." It's just not a reality to them. If he's right, and I believe he is since the research proves it, then we need to totally rethink how we raise our kids. This is a Kuhnian paradigm shift, a scientific revolution. There is no such thing as "the teen brain," yet there is the ubiquitous acceptance of the "myth of adolescence."
• According to the most recent National Comorbidity Survey, 49.5% of all American teens are diagnosable with at least one behavioral, emotional, or substance abuse disorder. And, they get worse as time goes on, i.e., 18-year-olds score worse than 13-year-olds.
• He just finished teaching a doctoral course on love in downtown LA for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. For the past 10 years, he's been researching love in arranged marriages. He's learned, we don't "fall" in love, we "rise" in love. It's not something that happens to us (something we're passive about), it's something we do (we're active). He says he knows some of the skills to help even total strangers enter into a loving relationship – he's been researching arranged marriages for the past decade. Two examples, "soul gazing" (in which you stare into each other's eyes for two minutes), and "secret swapping" (in which you disclose personal things to each other). He says he knows why arranged marriages have worked for millennia, and still do, and why our Western model of "falling into love" – actually lust – is so deeply tragic.
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