Chapter 48. Everyone Has His or Her Story on the Street

As teenagers we start to learn about, and care about, our reputations: our “story on the street.” How others perceive us, in the neighborhood or at school, starts to matter, influencing our behavior as well as the peer groups we choose. Such realization, even redefinition, of identity is a fundamental stage of adolescence. We may come to realize how wrong or one-sided the story that’s told about us can be, compared to how we feel about ourselves. The high school “jock” may actually be the most shy guy in the class deep down.


If you get angry about something in a meeting early on, you may be labeled “emotional.”

Although it may become less of a daily preoccupation, the fact that we have ...

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