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The Book Theory
As a child, I would always cling relentlessly to my parents, never wanting to lose
sight of them. As I aged, however, I slowly tried to resist more with each passing year.
Then, abruptly, I was furious at my parents, any one of the their words irritated me.
Conversations would be quick, always ending with me saying, “I know,” or similar. I sit
down, thinking to myself, what happened?! The answer to my question was not simple. It
was long, complicated. It was what came to the be known as “The Book Theory.”
One day, during Heath, my teacher was lecturing us on the adolescent brain, my
brain, and everyone else’s in the school. I listened closely. This could be the answer to my
question! It was a part of it. The health teacher pointed out that hormones are being r
released by the pituitary gland; the master gland, controls release of chemicals in body,
causes change in the brain. Dendrites start connecting. The results? Various emotional
changes, it is a time of emotional instability.
This still did not answer my question though. If that is the case, then why is my
parents not constantly irritated? The next day, another lecture occurred in class. It was on
the same topic as the previous day. The health teacher stated that when you are 11, these
changes start. when you are at 16-17, the brain activity is very high. The changes start to
subside at around 18-20 years of age. They completely stop after that. This finally
answered my question; with the data, I developed a theory, an unnamed theory at that
time. I noticed something while creating the theory, it was so obvious! Sitting in front of
me was a book, a book! The characteristics of a theory was similar to how the plot
changes in a book! Thus the name, “The Book Theory.”
“The Book Theory” consists of four parts. First, we have the rising action, or the
childhood stage. Next is the suspense, or the adolescent stage. Then is the climax, or the
teenager stage. Finally the falling action, or the young adult stage. The rising action, or
the childhood stage is when the brain is still growing. You sometimes get mad, or
irritated; though not very often. This stage is from the age of 3 to 10 years old. Your
brain is not very active. During this time, spending time in parent’s company is enjoyable.
It is the calm before the storm.
The suspense, or the adolescent stage is when, notable activity begins. Irritability
increases and emotions are a bit stronger. During this stage, hormones start to be released.
The body grows, noticeably. This stage is from the age of 11 to 13 years old. Dendrites
are now forming to make new connections in your brain. Things not noticed before will
now be noticed. It gets easier to become distracted than before, and it will be hard to
concentrate. The climax, or the teenager stage is when brain activity is skyrocketing.
Hormones are being released at a very abnormal rate. Dendrites are forming constantly.
The brain is forming new connections at an extreme pace. This occurs from the ages of
16-17. Emotions are very strong, and are sometimes expressed physically; violently.
Anything someone close says or does will cause irritation. This is the time of
extreme emotional instability.
Last but not least, the falling action or the young adult stage. This is when brain
activity begins to subside. Emotions start to calm down. The amount of hormones being
Released will drop. Emotional and mental stability returns. By this time, you have
reached adulthood; about 18-20 years of age. Thus concludes “The Book Theory.” This
process has happened to every person. I see the theory being applied everyday at school.
People are talking about how their parents are getting on their case. They are irritated,
annoyed. I see it on social networks, such as Twitter, and Facebook. It is being applied to
any person of the ages 3-20. Such as myself.
See, growing up is a book; one that everyone will read.