What Are Romantic Relationships?

Before discussing romantic relationships in the context of YA Literature, we must first define what a romantic relationship is. According to Wikipedia, “in the context of romantic love relationships, romance usually implies an expression of one’s strong romantic love, or one’s deep and strong emotional desires to connect with another person intimately or romantically.” In … More What Are Romantic Relationships?

What Is Abuse?

According to Merriam-Webster, the word “abuse” has multiple definitions, including: “a corrupt practice or custom”; “improper or excessive use or treatment”; “language that condemns or vilifies, usually unjustly, intemperately, and angrily”; or “physical maltreatment”. In lived social worlds, as well as literature social worlds, types of abuse are usually broken down into subcategories, like the … More What Is Abuse?

What Is Popularity?

According to Merriam-Webster, popularity is the state of being liked, enjoyed, accepted or done by a large number of people. In adolescent peer social worlds popularity usually refers to peers that are more liked or accepted than others. But what makes someone popular? Obviously being “popular” means to be liked or revered in an upper … More What Is Popularity?

What is Self-Image?

According to Google, self-image is “the idea one has of one’s abilities, appearance, and personality.” Self-image is one of the most common themes in Young Adult literature.  Self-image can cover a range of topics from perception of beauty or physical attraction to intelligence, athletic and artistic ability, and more.  The term “self-image” is most commonly … More What is Self-Image?

The “Three Faces” of Low Self-Esteem

According to an article from The University of Texas at Austin’s Counseling and Mental Health Center, low self-esteem is not always easy to recognize. Often times low self-esteem takes three forms: The Imposter: acts happy and successful, but is really terrified of failure. Lives with the constant fear that she or he will be found … More The “Three Faces” of Low Self-Esteem

The Impacts of Bullying

Do Bullies Really Have Low Self-Esteem? According to an article in Psychology Today, psychologists have found that most bullies have high self-esteem, but are afraid of exposing their own failures and shortcomings. This is similar to one of the three faces of self-esteem, “The Imposter.” By choosing victims or “targets” perhaps with similar failings or … More The Impacts of Bullying