Egocentrism in adolescence can have marked effects on children's thought and behavior. Here's some key information about egocentrism during the tween and teen years.
Adolescent egocentrism is a developmentally normal "cognitive deficit". Its effects on behavior can be unpleasant, but egocentrism in adolescence promotes healthy cognitive and psychosocial outcomes.
One belief that arises out of adolescent egocentrism is the imaginary audience. Tweens and teens who believe in the imaginary audience tend to act in highly self-conscious ways.
Another belief that grows out of adolescent egocentrism is the personal fable. This belief can cause adolescents to act privileged and to take risks.
It can be disturbing to see your child acting increasingly egocentrically. Thankfully, though, egocentrism in adolescence is typically normative and healthy.
It's helpful to know when your child is being affected by egocentric thought. Here are some ways you can tell if you tween or teen is egocentric.
While it may be tempting to want your child to skip right over an egocentric stage, it isn't best for his or her development. In fact, egocentrism in adolescence serves a very important purpose.
Some tweens and teens are at risk for having intense egocentric thinking. Gender, parenting style, identity seeking and transitions can all affect the degree of egocentrism in adolescence.