Imaginary Audience And Personal Fable

1564 WordsJul 9, 20157 Pages
1) Imaginary audience and Personal fable. Explain what this is and write some examples. Imaginary audience and personal fable are both part of the adolescents egocentrism. Adolescent egocentrism as proposed by Elkind is a heightened self-consciousness that is reflected in their belief that others are as interested in them as they are themselves and in their sense of unique individuality. The imaginary audience is an adolescence belief that others are as interested in them as they themselves are. It is also an attention getting behavior. These behaviors peak around 13 years of age. An example of this would be an adolescent who believes that everyone notices what they wear, for instance someone might notice that they wore the same outfit twice in a week even. Another example of this, the imaginary audience is where the child has a zit feels then everybody notices the zit. A personal fable is the part of an adolescent egocentrism involving a sense of uniqueness and invincibility. This sense of invincibility may lead to dangerous and reckless behaviors. They believe they are immune from dangers and other catastrophes these such as drugs, reckless driving, etc. Because of this, some adolescents engage in extremely risky behaviors like texting while driving, drag racing and unprotected sex. These teenagers believe that STD’s are something that other people get not themselves sense they are immune to such risks. A personal fable also involves the sense that the adolescent is
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