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Peer-Impact Diagnosis and TherapyA Handbook for Successful Practice with Adolescents$
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Vivian Center Seltzer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740422

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740422.001.0001

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Defining and Detecting Defensive Glitches

Defining and Detecting Defensive Glitches

(p.107) 6 Defining and Detecting Defensive Glitches
Peer-Impact Diagnosis and Therapy

Vivian Center Seltzer

NYU Press

This chapter explores defensive glitches and their impact on adolescent development. The category of defensive glitches includes a variety of defensive flights from unbearable psycho-emotional pain resulting from unexpected disappointing findings of comparative acts with peers over a period of time. The Dynamic Functional Interaction (DFI) model defines the psychological goal of adolescent development as cognitively and emotionally selecting self-elements that combine to constitute a sense of self for the adolescent. DFI introduces the idea of an adolescent imperative to be with peers, an imperative energized by puberty. The purpose of this drive is advanced psychological development. This chapter describes the behaviors of glitch adolescents and offers suggestions that can help professionals to correctly recognize a glitch. It also considers the types of comparison used by adolescents as a source of important cues to their level of cognitive development.

Keywords:   defensive glitches, adolescent development, defensive flights, peers, Dynamic Functional Interaction, puberty, psychological development, glitch adolescents, cognitive development

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