Here’s the promo for the show:
“The teenage years have long been seen as a tumultuous time - and with puberty now kicking in earlier, and adulthood starting later, adolescence is lasting longer than ever before. What’s the deeper role of adolescence in the life cycle of an individual? What experiences promote mental and emotional growth during adolescence? And how might spirituality contribute to the expression of adolescent identity?”
Here’s an excerpt:
“…The notion of ‘development’ might suggest a linear progression from teenager to adult, but according to Waddell, adolescence isn’t a ‘stage’ that’s necessarily overcome by time.
Margot Waddell: It’s difficult for everyone to deal with their adolescence and I think once people get to adulthood they kind of think their adolescence is past. But the adolescent state of mind can rear its infantile head, if you like, at practically any time and a lot of people check into a kind of pseudo-adulthood. They start a job, maybe, they get married very early, and there’s a bit of anxiety around the edges of that. Like, have they really been through getting to know themselves, growing up with all that turbulence, or do they just want a sort of doll’s house existence of 2.1 children and a decent job and a car to wash?
Well, that’s tricky, because often it runs into deep water when something really does go wrong, like the marriage breaks up or there’s a sudden unexpected bereavement or a sudden illness or really major setback. Then …what I like to call an endoskeleton, the kind of internal resilience spine of the personality, can appear much less vigorous and rigorous than they’d thought, because they haven’t actually grown up. And then they have… you know, often people have a kind of late adolescence or get into imitating their children in adolescence and saying, ‘Oh no, my daughter’s just my absolute best friend.’ My heart slightly sinks, because that parent should be beyond best friends by now, I say slightly disapprovingly.
But of course, you know, life is very difficult and I think a lot of adults find—especially when their children are adolescent—that some of the fissures and chasms in their unresolved earlier development can break open and be very disturbing—to them, and their children actually…”
You’ll find the podcast and transcript here.