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Nguyen 1 Growing Influences The period of transition from adolescence to adulthood plays an important role in the shaping of cognitive development and social skills Experts of developmental psychology such as Erik Erikson and Carl Rogers noted the fact that external stimuli does indeed influenced ones development of social behavior and self-identity Outside influence besides genetics influence the way we grow and mature Adolescents who are dependent on parents while seeking an independent identity can face a conflicting situation Parents who set disciplinary rules toward their children are less likely to have antisocial or delinquent teen Adolescents who display negative behaviors are usually from homes where parents are neglectful or fail to set disciplinary rules where needed Loeber Disnch 1983 The process of growing up can be painful for some yet exciting and humorous for others But no matter how the process goes humans have a desire for self-identity and the feel of that distinct person Psychologist Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers both stressed that the human beings tendency is toward self-identity and self-actualization fulfillment of ones potential They believe that the goal of every human being is to find the meaning in ones life and the realization they will died Although Maslow and Rogers theory has been criticized because of little scientific proof some psychologist agree that humans do have a natural desire for self-identity and truth whether they are conscious or unconsciously aware of it or not Sdorow 17 Growing up to figure out ones identity maybe great but the journey can be a rigorous challenge The media culture and great expectations can have a negative effect on the process of growing up The media continually feed kids acts of violence and sexual promiscuity in movies and video games The negative context on television and video games does in fact influence kids consciously or unconsciously A famous study by psychologist Albert Bandura shows the effect of television
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