Light your hair on fire.
Swallow a caterpillar.
Bite down your ipad.
Put your finger on a live-wire.
Bad ideas, isn’t it?! But not so to teens. As you imagined the above tasks, if you were a adult and your brain were to be connected to a scanner, your distress and danger area will glow screaming automatically at the mental imagery. You will say these are bad ideas!
Supposing you were a teen-ager, you will still say these are bad ideas. But there is a difference. You will answer a moment later and it will not be a automatic response. No distress! Instead the cognitive parts of your brain will glow as if you were deliberating as to what dress to wear next day for college. You are actually thinking about them. There is no aversion that gets triggered automatically. Continue Reading