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Teenagers: A Natural History

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  72 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Teenagers reimagines the way people think about adolescents. No longer society's scourge and scapegoat, the teenager emerges from David Bainbridge's fascinating study as an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon that evokes reverence and wonder. Bainbridge, a veterinarian and anatomist, suggests that the second decade is the most important in the human lifecycle. In lively prose ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by Greystone Books (first published 2009)
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Angela Misri
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Angela by: John Lorinc
I was passed this book by my neighbour on my son's 13th birthday and I have to say, it is one of those books that is both unsettling and reassuring in nature. Unsettling because much of the book outlines what I have to 'look forward to' as puberty sets in and we ride the waves of teenage-ness. Reassuring because the first part of the book matches very closely what we are already experiencing in our household and therefore lends a credibility to Bainbridge's words. I like the layout of the book w ...more
Feb 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
On one hand, this book does explain some of the recent research on the adolescent brain (and physiology) in a way that is accessible to someone who is not a neuroscientist. So it is valuable for that. On the other hand, I was terribly annoyed that the author repeatedly (but not constantly) presented the stereotyped and negative view of adolescents so prevalent among people who do not understand this developmental period. He is not a psychologist but the book would have benefited from a coauthor ...more
Amanda Jones
A low pressure read, as if the author is just sitting in your dining room, explaining what he lnows about teenagers and the resaeach and theories he's come across.

I picked it up from our local library hoping for insights and consolation, as I have a 14 year old and an 11 year old among my three.

I was both reassured and inspired. On a personal level, understanding teenagers better makes it easier for me to be patient and optimistic and to remember not to interpret every situation as if my teen wa
I really tried to love this book. I love books about science, about people, about development, all that stuff. And this book has loads of really interesting information. But... I only liked it.

Obviously, a book aimed at the Popular Science readership is going to do its best not to come across too academic - it wants to be accessible. That is fine. However, I do still like to have the feeling that the author has done their research and is not just saying stuff. Now, at the back of this book there
Chris Walker
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Antonio Fini
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A parte qualche lungaggine su dettagli di fisiologia (saltabile) il libro presenta una tesi innovativa, secondo la quale la nostra "umanità" (intesa come peculiarità della specie Homo Sapiens) prende forma proprio durante gli anni dell'adolescenza.
L'autore affronta con competenza e ironia tutti i principali "problemi" dell'adolescenza, dal sesso alle droghe, senza traccia di moralismo, sempre con un taglio pratico e scientifico, con la costante presenza della prospettiva evoluzionistica.
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Emily Brown
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, history, kindle
development is a cool topic, and human development is incredibly fascinating. the teenage years are a time when our bodies are developing at different rates, physically and mentally. this book is great at describing the process of growth, from neurons to emotions. this books is written on a level so that anyone can enjoy the science of teenagers. best part: cremaster, defined.
Some interesting ideas but I'm not sure all are supported (particularly the section on schizophrenia, which did not chime with actual research on early onset psychosis I'm familiar with). Plus the massive erasure of LGBT teens really irked me.
Sónia  Teixeira
Interessante mas com lacunas cientificas ou pelo menos mal explicadas e exploradas...
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting read...amazing the number of changes teens face to grow into adults!!
Jan 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I think it would have been better suited to a magazine article format, but some good, thought-provoking stuff.
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Informative read...amazing the number of changes teens face to grow into adults!
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interessant boek, maar het beantwoordt wellicht niet alle vragen die je hebt als je pubers in huis hebt of je op een puberende zoon of dochter voor te bereiden.
Michelle Spain
Oct 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This gave me incredible insight into what is actually taking place in a teens brain...we all know a lot is going on but this book makes it very clear.
Apr 20, 2009 rated it liked it
All parents should read this book, it'd probably help to understand teenage behaviour...
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