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As we look around at our communities and we wonder, "What makes teenagers tick?" You'd probably be surprised, there are real answers.  It's funny to work with teens when you wonder how they got to be the way they are, and then their parents walk in the door, and it all makes sense.  

I don't mean that in an ugly way, but it's amusing to see the behavior of parents rub off on the behavior of kids. 

This is no surprise. 

Current behavioral research shows that we are all products of our biology and our environment. 

Since we can't do much to change our biology, then we look at the environmental pressures that make us the way we are.  Here at AndyBraner.com we call it a "worldview."

In other words, what pressures around you, make you who you are?

In order to analyze the essence of a whole worldview, we've got to take a look at the specific pressures forcing us to be.  There are three major factors in our worldview equation that make us who we are.   P+F+C=US

P=Parents
F=Friends
C=Culture

US

There's no getting around it.  Our parents speak the loudest voice into our environmental growing up.

The Way They talk.
The Way They treat each other.
The Way they drive.
The Way they cook.
The Way they discipline.
The Way they do faith.

Parents are still the #1 place a teenager learns how to live life. 

Kind of scary huh?

Scary to think my actions making my son be what he is.
Scary to think I have responsibility to raise and train.
Scary to look at my flaws and wonder if I'm protecting my kids from my own issues, or am I modeling those flaws for them to pick up. 

I'll keep writing on development, and hopefully you'll be able to see what pressures made you the way you are.

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