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Topic: Adolescent psychology

Adolescent psychology explores the complex psychological, social, and emotional changes that occur during the pivotal teenage years, shaping one's identity, values, and relationship with the world.

More on: Adolescent psychology

The podcast episodes provided delve into various aspects of adolescent psychology, highlighting how young people, particularly teenagers, can be susceptible to social contagions, identity formation struggles, and manipulation within online communities.

For example, the episode Gender Identity: The Latest Social Contagion - Andrew Doyle discusses how social contagions like rapid-onset gender dysphoria can spread among teenage girls, often driven by online influences. The episode Discord is More Dangerous than TikTok explores how features of online communities like Discord can enable grooming and the development of distorted realities, particularly among young people.

The episode How the Internet Turned Illness Into Status for Privileged Women with Suzy Weiss examines the 'Spoonie' community, which has been shaped by the internet and online communities, leading to the exaggeration of illnesses and a culture of victimhood, especially among young women. These examples highlight the complex psychological factors and challenges that adolescents face in the digital age.

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