Personality and Self-Esteem Development in Adolescence

Authored by: M. Brent Donnellan , Kali H. Trzesniewski , Richard W. Robins

Handbook of Personality Development

Print publication date:  April  2006
Online publication date:  February  2014

Print ISBN: 9780805847161
eBook ISBN: 9781315805610
Adobe ISBN: 9781317778073


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Classic accounts portray adolescence as a time of upheaval and turmoil, a period of “storm and stress” (Hall, 1904). Aristotle (trans. 1954), for example, described the youthful character as mercurial and subject to the whims of internal drives:

Young men have strong passions, and tend to gratify them indiscriminately Of the bodily desires, it is the sexual by which they are most swayed and in which they show absence of self-control They are changeable and fickle in their desires, which are violent while they last, but quickly over: their impulses are keen but not deep-rooted, and are like sick people's attacks of hunger and thirst. (Rhetoric Book II, chap. 12)

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