A new theory of teenagers Seven transformational strategies to empower you and your teen

Christa Santangelo

Book - 2018

"A guide for families to thrive in the midst of the tumultuous teen years--and the culmination of the author's twenty-five years of experience in both conventional psychology and alternative methods" -- Amazon.com.

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New York, NY : Seal Press [2018]
Physical Description
xxi, 186 pages ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Christa Santangelo (author)
  • Transformative strategy #1: endure emotions
  • Transformative strategy #2: enlarge the lens
  • Transformative strategy #3: don't grasp-let go
  • Transformative strategy #4: discover profound purpose
  • Transformative strategy #5: contemplate infinite possibility
  • Transformative strategy #6: heal thyself
  • Transformative strategy #7: bring forth what is within
  • Epilogue
  • Further resources.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Parents who are open to alternative healing will appreciate Santangelo's wisdom about parenting teens. She combines her decades of experience as a Yale-educated clinical psychologist and assistant clinical professor with a holistic approach. One tenet of her work is that parents must work with their own issues before they can successfully resolve barriers between themselves and their teens. The book outlines seven "transformative strategies." Rather than focusing solely on adolescent behavior, the strategies revolve around parents' emotions and the work of looking inward for better, more understanding relationships. Because, as Santangelo says, no matter how depleted [parents'] own childhoods were it is their job as the grownup to rise to the occasion and take charge of the healing process." Readers seeking a clinical or religious approach may want to choose another book on the topic. Those open to the concepts of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga to connect mind and body will find it to be a welcome resource. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A clinical psychologist provides advice, tips, support and empowerment to parents of teenagers to help them through the emotional turmoil of the adolescent years to build and maintain trust and embrace positivity. Original. 12,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A guide for families to thrive in the midst of the tumultuous teen years -- and the culmination of the author's twenty-five years of experience in both conventional psychology and alternative methods

In her decades of practice and academic research, Dr. Christa Santangelo, a psychologist and assistant clinical professor at the University of California-San Francisco, has seen many relationships devastated by the emotional hurricane that teenagers can inflict on a family. Yet Dr. Santangelo also understands how that conflict can be resolved and a new way forward mapped together between parents and teen. In A New Theory of Teenagers, she gives parents the advice, tips, support, and big-picture overview needed to see the teen years as an opportunities for growth and positive relationship changes. With counterintuitive steps (such as "Endure Emotions"), she offers hope and empowerment. Dr. Santangelo asserts that parents have a far greater impact on conflict with their teen than they may realize, metaphorically handing parents back the power to shift the situation to harmony.

And, Dr. Santangelo does it with a fresh and multi-dimensional approach to the parent-teen relationship by integrating conventional psychology with alternative methods including yoga and meditation-intended to work on building trust, sitting with and understanding emotions, and seeing room for positivity in the midst of it all.