was one of the first researchers to describe the emotional aspects of dyslexia.
Recent research funded by the National Institute of Health has identified many of the neurological and cognitive differences that contribute to dyslexia.
The pain of failing to meet other people's expectations is surpassed only by dyslexics' inability to achieve their goals.
Media portrayals of adolescents often seem to emphasize the problems that can be a part of adolescence.
The same hurt feelings bubble up when you are excluded from lunch with co-workers, fail to land the job you interviewed for or are dumped by a romantic partner. Yet for many years, few psychologists tuned into the importance of rejection.
“It’s like the whole field missed this centrally important part of human life,” says Mark Leary, Ph D, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.
Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.
Over the years, the frustration mounts as classmates surpass the dyslexic student in reading skills.
In the professional literature, too, adolescence is frequently portrayed as a negative stage of life—a period of storm and stress to be survived or endured (Arnett, 1999).
Most adolescents in fact succeed in school, are attached to their families and their communities, and emerge from their teen years without experiencing serious problems such as substance abuse or involvement with violence.
Anyone who lived through high school gym class knows the anxiety of being picked last for the dodgeball team.
At the same time, however, the survey found that 89% of the respondents believed that “almost all teenagers can get back on track” with the right kind of guidance and attention.
In fact, most adults agree about the kinds of things that are important for adults to do with young people—encourage success in school, set boundaries, teach shared values, teach respect for cultural differences, guide decision making, give financial guidance, and so on (Scales, Benson, & Roehlkepartain, 2001).