Understanding The Teenage Brain – Neuroscientist Daniel Siegel

Daniel Siegel debunks myths about the Teenage Brain and “raging hormones”. He discusses the changes and remodeling of the brain within the adolescent period. He asserts that people need to learn about these changes to support and meet adolescents with empathy and compassion.

Siegel outlines his “Brainstorm” approach, focusing on emotional spark, social engagement, novelty and creative exploration (ESSENCE) as important aspects during the adolescent time of development. Siegel asserts there are four key features to maintain healthy brain growth: keeping passion in your life, maintaining supportive social networks, trying new things and challenging your mind. This will not only helps adults navigate the adolescent mind to provide encouraging support for healthy development, but also support a “life of connection, meaning, equanimity and sense of purpose”