The presenter I have chosen for my “Get Mortified” video, is Alanis Morissette. She was a rising pop star, during her adolescent years. During her interview of showing photographs, poems, songs, old albums etc. she made various comments on how she did not understand how to set boundaries as a young girl, which was this presenter’s main conflict in adolescence that lead to various self-harming, and unhappy behavior. Her statements on her personal experience of being an adolescent were primarily based on that she was told to wear makeup, do her hair in an adult fashion, dress maturely and sexually, and to move in a seductive and sexual manner. She states in her interview that as a young girl, she felt flattered when much older men than her would flirt with her and want her. Looking back on her adolescence now as a mature and fully developed and grown adult, she claims she was mortified at her experience and view point during this stage of life.She stated that above anything she wished she could have understood the power she had in being a young woman with a sexual presence, and how to control situations that were inappropriate, unsafe, and where she was being targeted as a young child, because she was a rising pop star, who was looked at sexually a majority of the time buy adults. She mentioned that the stresses of her pop star career, led to a full-blown eating disorder, she claimed by the time that she was fifteen years old.  She felt immense pressure to look a certain way with her body and was constantly hyper aware on how she was being judged and critiqued. She did everything in her power to be viewed as an adult, to dress and makeup her body, hair, and face so that she could be seen as a sexual and powerful individual. Soon afterword’s she left Canada while still in her adolescent stage, was emancipated from her family’s home, and moved to the Untied States on her own, on a mission to set herself free from the life that was built for her, and to come out with an album on her own of who she truly felt she was. So that as she stated everyone around the world would understand that she sometimes was a happy, innocent, go lucky child but that in the same moment, she could be feeling anxiety, distress, and anger in her life. Her album that came out was named “Jagged Little Pill” She announces during this session, that she felt relief in letting her words and voice carry out the emotional heaviness that weighed on her, to set her free in that everyone would finally understand she was feeling all the emotions, not a picture-perfect painting that had been displayed of her life. Freud would state that he believed Alanis Morissette was going through these emotions of anger, anxiety, and moodiness in her adolescent life based on that she was discovering her “newly recognized sense of sexual urges.” (Dolgin, 2.2.1) Which is why she started to act out, feel negatively on her appearance, alter her appearance, drink whiskey underage while writing her music, and spend time angry, emotional, and annoyed while also hanging out alone with adults when she was an adolescent, in an attempt to be seen as a sexual, attractive, and mature “adult” in her mind. Erikson’s approach on Alanis Morissette would be in that she was clearly trying to achieve her “positive ego identity” (Dolgin, 2.2.3) This concept is that Alanis was finding a sense of identity in who she was, and where she was going to be as her future self. He would argue that she had achieved this challenge, when coming out with her new album “Jagged Little Pill” in that she expressed who she truly believed she was, all her emotions, and then progressed to continue to express her personality and felt secure in her individualistic self. (Dolgin, 2.2.3) Piaget’s beliefs on Alanis Morissette would be she was experiencing her “Formal Operational Period” where she is thinking deeply and reflecting on her thoughts, thinking on facts and theories, and thinking on her future and planning on it. (Dolgin, 2.2.4) He would argue that she had accomplished this in making the choice for herself during adolescence to move away from her family, home, and former nation to express who she was and set the tone for her future self in all that she wanted to become. An article I read on the New York Times I felt was accurate to this project and related to how Alanis Morissette didn’t want to talk to her family at the time of adolescence on all the emotions she was struggling with. Ranging from the self – harming behavior of an eating disorder, older men as romantic partners, drinking underage, negative emotions etc. This article describes that many adolescents try to cope, manage and find solutions to their individual problems, and are unlikely to reach out to adults for help solving these problems. It claims instead that “parents should not take their moodiness personally” and to “instead offer a loving, and soft support to the adolescent in their life.” I believe also, that this is a wonderful approach in letting the adolescent know they are loved and cared for, that you will be there to listen not to discipline, and that they can come to you without the stress or anxiety of getting into trouble, or being brushed off for their emotions, no matter how small it may seem to an adult, to them it is traumatic, and an ordeal. References: Dolgin, K.G. (2018). The Adolescent: Development, Relationships, and Culture. New York, NY: Pearson. Dolgin, K.G. (2018). Adolescents in Theoretical Context. In The Adolescent: Development, Relationships, and Culture. (Chapter 2). Retrieved from Damour, L. (2017, November 15th). Why Your Grumpy Teenager Doesn’t Want To Talk To You. New York Times. Retrieved from 


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