Egocentrism in Adolescence

How Egocentrism in Adolescence Manifests Itself and How to React to It

If you're worried about the level at which your teen's egocentrism is expressed, don't. Egocentrism in adolescence is an important part of your childhood. It can have marked effects on your tweens thoughts and behavior. Here's some key information about egocentrism during the tween and teen years.

Egocentrism in Adolescence and The Imaginary Audience

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One belief that arises out of adolescent egocentrism is the imaginary audience. Tweens and teens who believe in the imaginary audience tend to act in highly self-conscious ways. These include acting ashamed or embarrassed about thoughts and feelings others are perceived to be thinking, but have not been asked or displayed behavior consistent with said embarrassment.

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The Personal Fable Arises From Egocentrism in Adolescence

Another belief that grows out of adolescent egocentrism is the personal fable. This belief can cause adolescents to act privileged and to take risks. Teens ,may think literally that nothing and no problem can stop them through. If your teen is acting as though the world revolves around him or her. Give them a reality check.

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How Egocentrism in Adolescence Works

It can be disturbing to see your child acting increasingly egocentrically. Thankfully, though, egocentrism in adolescence is typically normative and healthy. To workout their developing personality, tweens and teens need to test their own boundaries psychologically. That means displaying behavior that is self-centered, or acting in a way that disregards the needs and opinions of other people.

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Signs of Egocentrism in Adolescence

It's helpful to know when your child is being affected by egocentric thought. Here are some ways you can tell if you tween or teen is egocentric. You may witness selfish behavior that includes: modeling themselves after their peers, taking risks and testing boundaries, and generally being self-conscious. Support your child by reinforcing the things your teen is proud to share about him or herself. If they play up their ability to play sports, or sing, etc. show interest in that. Because of the heightened need for validation, playing along can reap you great benefits and help your teen further define who they are and what's so special about them.

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Egocentrism in Adolescence Cannot be Skipped

While it may be tempting to want your child to skip right over an egocentric stage, it isn't best for his or her development. In fact, egocentrism in adolescence serves a very important purpose. All of the obsessions on grooming, overthinking and fixating on other's opinions is helpful for your teen to learn to define his or her own identity. 

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Certain Situations Elicit Adolescent Egocentrism

Some tweens and teens are at risk for having intense egocentric thinking. Gender, parenting style, identity seeking and transitions can all affect the degree of egocentrism in adolescence. Within in the whirlwind of this change or shall we say development in identity, it's important for the people and environment surrounding your teen remain stable so as not to negatively affect this very important stage in your teens life.

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