When the self-conscious of individual adolescents is heightened, it is called adolescent egocentrism. There are two key components to adolescent egocentrism according to David Elkind, and they are the imaginary audience and the personal fable. (Santrock, 2011). It is these two components that David Elkind discusses and is the topic throughout which will be further explained through reflection and examples of personal experience or fictitious case studies.
The first component that will be looked at is of the imaginary audience. Elkind points out that this when adolescents believe that others are interested in them as much as they are themselves. The ...view middle of the document...
The age of 13 is when teenagers feel most self-conscious and causes them to be very concerned about being accepted by their peers. When teenagers think about what others are thinking this can cause the imaginary audience effect, in which they believe the audience is thinking their worst fears and concerns. The following shows an example of this:
A female teen wakes up in the early morning to get ready for high school. This teen goes through her regular routine such as brushing her teeth and eating breakfast. However, when it comes to the part of getting dressed and preparing hair and makeup she takes more time and care in preparing. She goes to her closet to pull out the clothes she will be wearing but notices that most of her outfits that she loves have already been worn that week and under no circumstances could she wear them again that week or for that matter anytime soon. An outfit is spotted as a possibility and she tries it on, only to realize that in her eyes it is not good enough and would not meet current trends and expectations of her peers. As a result the girl ends up trying on multiple outfits before she is finally satisfied, but afraid people will notice her Target store brand name. As she proceeds to go into hair and makeup she realizes that she no longer has a certain product that covers blemishes and pimples and this morning there is a considerably nasty pimple on the side of her cheek. There is nothing she can do as time is running out and needs to get to school. Arriving at school to meet up with her group of friends she hears laughing and notices other students whispering into each other’s ears as she walks down the corridors. Immediately, she thinks they notice her pimple and that she is wearing something she got from Target. Completely embarrassed she runs into the school office and claims she is sick and needs to go home for the day.
The personal fable involves a sense of being unique and a sense of being invulnerable. In many cases the thought of nothing bad will happen to me will lead early adolescents to put themselves in many risky situations. The following shows example of this:
The following example is a personal experience I had with what we know as the personal fable. Growing up it is no surprise that as teenagers we do feel a sense of invulnerability and possibly even now as an adult, but more aware and conscientious of the consequences that may...