Overcoming Difficulties During Puberty Stage The of the article “Puberty and Its Crisis. Educational Help in Overcoming Difficulties” Johannes Bockemühl revealed such questions as the problem of relationships between an adolescent and his parents, their mutual understanding, different ways of help to overcome difficulties during this period. He considered puberty as not only as sexual maturity, but also earthly maturity. “Earthly maturity identifies the possibility of familiarizing oneself with the world: the laws and principles at work on the earth, with other people and how to encounter them thoughtfully, sentiently, and actively.” (Bockemühl 2004). A special attention is paid for inner life of the young people, the search of their place in this world and self-acceptance.
The study of the peculiarities of puberty was conducted on the basis of the experience of educators, psychologists specializing in adolescence, school physicians and psychiatrists in natural conditions. There were three case studies on the examples of which the author showed consequences of negative influence of the incorrect childrearing. He distinguished three styles of such upbringing: intellectualizing, soulless and overprotective style. Three adolescent, two boys and one girl, who were brought up this way were taken for studies. It was clarified that parents’ excessive protection, masculine-imprinted form of interaction and inclination for explaining a child everything without giving him an opportunity to think independently caused to psychological shortcomings, alcohol or drugs addiction and criminal future. The author stated that “this could be avoided if parents and educators learn to recognize their own unbalanced behavior.” (Bockemühl 2004).
The results of the study exceeded expectations because appropriate pieces of advice for parents were selected. Johannes Bockemühl made a major contribution by proving that “it is important that parents and educators understand the young person not only as thinking individual, but also as someone who feels and acts.” (Bockemühl 2004). This way he advised not to use moralization, but on the contrary to listen to young people and understand them, to be compliant and to look back on the troublesome situation without making judgment.
Although puberty is the stage of tremendous physical and mental changing accompanied by different problems, it is still an important period of formation of personal identity. Following this article author’s recommendations parents will be successful in helping to overcome difficulties their adolescent children.
Bockemühl, J. (2004). Puberty and Its Crisis. Educational Help in Overcoming
Difficulties. Waldorf Journal Project, 3, 1-20.