So in my society class, my friend and I got into an argument. Our class was discussing the concept of adolescence, and me and my friend partnered up to define it.
I started by saying adolescence was a stage between being an child and adult, where the child starts to rebel and goes through a series of test or trials and errors to eventually come to maturity (it wasn't this exactly... it was longer, and still unfinished, um, lol, i'm not very consise sometimes - and i'm not sure i even wrote anything that sounded too similar to that. i forget.)
He said, "okay you have a few definitions in there, and they're trying to describe too much, it's almost contradictory. you're trying to put too many different concepts in one. adolescence should be just one encompassing concept.”
“Let’s see...look at the adolescence sheet of quotes we just got, there's a bunch of quotes from different people, and they all touch upon the concept of adolescence, some different aspect of it. They're all correct”
"Yes, but there's one thing that ties all these things together, and that's the one thing we should focus on.”
“But... I think it’s more accurate if we take into account all these different perspectives of what adolescence is. Don’t you think it’d be more accurate that way?”
“No, I don’t, actually. I think it’s less correct to do so.”
“How? Okay, for example, your water bottle, it’s correct to say it’s a water bottle, but if we go on to describe how it’s got a blue label on it, it’s got a cap on, etc. “
“No, see that describes this one waterbottle, what about other waterbottles that don’t look like this? Not all waterbottles have blue labels”
“Well you can say that waterbottles are usually clear, and hold water, portable. I think if you describe it in as many different way, or be as descriptive that you can, then the real meaning of it speaks for itself.”
“Okay, I know that you’re trying to make me be less closed minded and exact, but -”
“Don’t make me sound like a douchebag, I didn’t mean it like that!”
“Someone’s getting angry...”
“ I challenge you to a dance off!”
I see his point a little bit though, when nothing is stated explicitly, so you’re not defining anything at all. But I think that defining is unimportant if you don’t consider what the concept really means and expand on it, otherwise it feels like you’re defining the word with the word itself. Especially with social concepts, it’s not a matter of a dictionary definition.
Just for reference, I think my friend is an LSI. He looks like Hitta but a teenage Filipino version of him. Not that it means much, I just thought it was funny.
So is this an example of Te values vs. Ti?
an NeFi vs ISTj?
We both liked this quote the best though:
“A child becomes an adolescent when he realizes that all adults are not perfect. An adolescent becomes an adult when he forgives them. An adult becomes wise when he forgives himself."
And question for anyone interested:
Is adolescence a social construct? As in a concept made up by society, or are we giving a label to something that's happening?
There are cultures in the world that don't have a specific "adolescent" age, or at least not the kind that North America has.