Generally, when people talk about adolescence, they do so in worried or indignant tones. The news is always negative. This could result in what the psychologists call a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The attitude that adolescence is a problem sends adolescents a message that reinforces a negative image of themselves. Commercial pressure on teenagers, increased use of legal controls, reduction of the age at which one can be tried as an adult, giving up on education and fear to talk about moral values... we need an urgent rethink about how we approach adolescence and especially the model that adults project towards them. The new model should be both more optimistic and more demanding. Calling this book The Talent of Adolescents, José Antonio Marina seeks to emphasize this new focus on adolescence, seeing ‘talent’ as an ability to choose goals and mobilize the knowledge, emotions and strengths necessary to achieve them. That is intelligence in action.