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Collier James The Hard Life of the Teenager New York Four Winds Press 1972 187 pages This book has very real accurate and detailed accounts and examples of why the adolescent is usually rebellious confused lonely and depressed st this period of time in their lives Colliers book covers from the teenagers feelings of inadequacy to sex and the teenager Mr Collier gives examples of what he had experienced as a teeneger as well as his friends and teenagers in other countries and their experiences to get his point across that all teenagers basically face the same problems Using this method Collier keeps the reader interested Collier also uses humor and facts which also keeps the information to real life The book begins with emotions of the teenager the age Collier begins with is only speculation but I assume it starts at early adolescent Collier uses Freuds explanation of the unconscious mind to explain why the teenager has learned to repress their feelings giving teenagers a sense of confusion of what is the truth Collier also uses Freuds theory that everything that happens has a cause he could not believe that things just happen Further in the book Collier describes the pecking orde3r which is the birth order of siblings in which the oldest usually commands or dicates the activities of younger siblings Once again Collier gives examples as that white people felt they were supreme over black people in another chapter Collier speaks of war between parents and children The book explains why children think and say that they feel their parents are ignorant of their feelings for who they are or that teenagers know what they want With teenagers trying to find themselves teedder-tottering between childlike temper tantrums and almost adult like thoughts and actions parents are left in a state of confusion as
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