Often the best movies are those that received little or no hype in the media or play in theaters. I recently enjoyed two excellent but relatively obscure movies about perfectly normal teenage girls and the tragedies that can happen when their "under construction" prefrontal cortex fails them and their emotions spin out of control.
"Trust" (2010) stars Clive Owen as the frustrated father whose teen daughter is seduced online by a 35-year-old man. Despite several red flags, she is charmed by him to meet in person. She is raped, but she continues to defend him. The drama is about the father's actions and whether the young girl will acknowledge the reality of her situation. It's an intense, shocking story about one of the dangers of online virtual relationships - and of course about the challenges created by brain development in teens.
Another shocking story about out-of-control teen emotions is "Heavenly Creatures" (1994), starring Kate Winslet (in her first starring role). The drama, based on real events, is set in the mid-1950s in Christchurch, New Zealand, and concerns the relationship of two teen girls. Pauline is moody, introverted and rebellious. Juliet (Winslet) is brilliant, precocious and flamboyant. Their relationship seems innocent but their parents fear that it is sexual. When the parents try to separate them, the girls create a plan to kill one of the mothers. Once again, the teens seem incapable of rational thought. While director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) probably didn't have this in mind, the film vividly illustrates the wild behavior that can happen while the reasoning part of the brain is still in development.
I'm the creator of customized versions of ProStar Coach, a new kind of online virtual coaching service for developing personal strength and people skills. I’ve been in the learning and development business for over 35 years, and CEO of Performance Support Systems, Inc., since 1987. During that time, all my work has been focused on helping people learn and grow stronger for the challenges of life and work.
When you're trying to build physical strength, it helps to have workout equipment and a personal trainer. That's what ProStar Coachprovides for developing personal strength - 24/7 virtual coaching in an online virtual gym.
Personal strengths are behavior patterns that we ingrain throughout our lives, such as compassion, courage, patience, composure, self-discipline, and dozens more. Like knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and forms of power, personal strengths help us be more effective when working through tough challenges.
For each person, some patterns will be stronger than others. And just like any aspect of physical strength, through repetition you can build up any aspect of personal strength.