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A story of adolescence 1 (vocabulary)
These two consecutive lessons and tests are going to tell us a psychological story. The heroin is a pre-adolescent (The story starts when she's ten, and finishes, in front of our eyes, when she's around 14.)
Adolescence: is quite a difficult period in young people's lives. Young men or women often experience frictions and problems, jealousies, quarrels, lack of communication, frustrations... These years are all the more painful and difficult as the child's conditions of life are complicated by the departure of one of the parents, or by "aggravating" circumstances. Then, the young person needs to establish a new relationship with the remaining parent (single mother/ single father) in order to be able to shape his or her personality for the future. Thus, the teenagers are trying not to suffer too much from a situation they haven't chosen, but must accept.
|The bumpy ride/ rough journey of adolescence|
|The choppy waters of adolescence|
|The sufferings/ to suffer from...|
|The crucial stage of adolescence|
|To fill the void in my life|
|A troubled adolescence|
|The clumsiness of adolescence (to be clumsy)|
|The anxieties of adolescence|
|The horrors af adolescence|
|The deep waters of adolescence|
|The dangers of adolescence|
|The sorrows of adolescence|
|The loneliness of adolescence (to be lonely)|
|The angst/ the angry feelings of adolescence|
|The solitude of adolescence|
|The hormonal surge of adolescence|
|The intensified feelings of adolescence|
|The shadow of the valley of adolescence|
It is obvious that, in that period, all the teenagers' feelings and emotions are blown out of proportion. Every event is "magnified, amplified": happy moments and difficult ones (sorrows). The young people's reactions are not always in keeping with the reality of the events.
Some circumstances of life make this difficult period of young people's lives even more complicated. They can be prostrate, like in a state of shock, get isolated, lonely, feel misunderstood, and lose self-respect and self-confidence. The teenagers may feel "broken", misunderstood, abandoned, unwanted; they unconsciously crave for reversing the situation wanting to recreate the past, when the family was united.
|Having divorced/ separated parents|
|Having a step-father/ a step-mother|
|Being brought up by a single-parent|
|Drinking alcohol/ being tipsy/ being drunk|
|Taking drugs/ being addicted|
* To check the situations and solve problems, social workers often visit the broken homes.
After the mum's departure, a "priviledged" relationship can be established between the father and his daughter. In the following story, the young girl is feeling abandoned by her mother, and needs to recreate a comfort zone with her father. Nobody should, or could penetrate the comfortable nest. Should anyone try, the intruder should then be ready to feel the huge disappointments which are bound to happen. How far can the young person push this defensive reaction?
Life could be quite pleasant when you live alone with your father. A new balance can then be established, until...
(This story was adapted from Best Mate, a short story by Andrea Lascelles.)
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