An obsessive interest in anything, such as comic books, can be a sign of geekdom..!
Sometimes geeks’ superior knowledge or can create a wall dividing them from outsiders. They may not always welcome your attempts to understand or get involved in their creation.
Geeks usually aren’t fashion-conscious and may be introverted. They may define their friends to only those with similar interests.
Their “type” has been around forever, and you can spot them by their T-shirts, school colors and racing shoes. They’re the teens who hold out for athletics. One big change from when you were a teen might be that this class isn’t just for boys anymore — many girls are jocks as well.
Look out out for jocks who become bullies, and for the win-at-any-cost attitude.
In your day, you might have recognized them as surfer wannabes. Since then, skaterscame along and borrowed the long hair and slacker trappings of the surf scene, but they have always been more rebellious.
Look for Vans retro sneakers and oversized tees. They may call each other “dude” and propel through the world with their attitude on display.
Many teens are content not fitting exclusively with any single group.
Not every kid fits neatly into a category. There are fundamentally three types of “outsider” groups that a teen might fall into. The socially challenged teen has difficulty making friends and just doesn’t fit. The independent teen might be a “floater,” who sustains a variety of friends and feels no need to join any one group exclusively. The determined outsider actively rejects cliques and may even hang with fellow outsiders, who constitute their own group
They make a big effort to assemble a wardrobe that seems casual.
In your day, they might have been called indies or the artsy crowd. Before that, they were hippies. Today, it’s not so much “peace and love,” but kind of an appreciation of independent music and a taste for fringe movements that defines them.
Scenester and hipster fashion often overlap, with followers sporting scarves, sunglasses and tight jeans.
These adolescents are ever eager to fit in. They’re devoted followers of fashion, devoted to a particular band, club or style. They dress in tight, stylish clothing, wear sunglasses and sport wild, but styled hairdos (thin striped, streaked or spiked).
Scenesters sometimes get labeled posers or wannabes.
You know them by their logos: Lacoste, L.L. Bean., Abercrombie & Fitch. Popped collars and polo shirts are standard, and their grooming tends to be immaculate.
Today, they tend to be the latest incarnation of the in-crowd: the pop kids. Sometimes they overlap with jocks, particularly when it comes to sports such as golf or tennis.
If your teen is especially good at academics, his peers might consider him part of the nerdy bunch.
You might have addressed them “brains” or “teacher’s pets” when you were a teen. They were the first kids with their hands up, and they always deliver the right answer. They might not have the fashion sensation of other groups, and they usually prefer chess to hoops.
Mean girls might be your teen’s friends one day, then turn on her the following.
The 2004 movie “Mean Girls,” starring Lindsay Lohan as a girl negotiating the jungles of teenage subcultures, put a fresh label on this type of tank.
High heels, short skirts — whatever the latest fashion is, they’re into it. They form exclusive cliques, and gossip is their native language. In your day, they might have been known as Valley Girls or Barbies.
Mean girls crave popularity, often because they feel unsafe.
The adolescent years can be an emotional roller coaster, and emo kids are the ones eager for another ride. Their emotions are reflected in their appearance: black clothing, streaked bangs, tattoos and piercings. They hold a strict fashion sense while insisting on their individuality — not an easy task.
The emo style has its roots in punk culture, which tended to be more rebellious, and Goth, which was more downcast. All of the groups shared an angst that most of us can remember suffering at one time or another when we were adolescents.
Some teen can suddenly become ‘The Mute’. In fact, they can display elements of all other categories in any one day. A bit like The Divergent of teens, they master all and can Tanty it up with the best of the Drama Queens, or drive you to the edge with their rebellious streak, only to happily end the day as The Golden Child once more.It’s exhausting, but it does keep you on your toes and thus become the shape shifters by changing their life style..
Me, Hmmm, k…, If this exchange is becoming the dominant communication style with your teenager, then welcome to The Mute. The teen Mute is incapable of forming full sentences, which may drain the mental capacity or the energies of the tank.
The Rebel is identifiable by the quirkiness of the Opposite Action-Reaction default setting. That is, whatever you would like your teen to do, they would like to do the contrary.
“Do you mind putting that away please?” is just an invitation for a response such as “Yes. I do mind.” Ok, excellent. The teen Rebel will also look for any boundaries in their lifetime, in order to push them. This may include, but is not confined to: school rules, uniforms, chores, punctuality and all simple requests. The teen Rebel thrives on defiance and witty comebacks, LOL.
The Golden Child
Ah, the Golden Child. This is the teen who has worked out quickly that keeping mum and dad happy is the path of least resistance, and usually the same path that leads to getting what they want.
A generally pleasant teen, the only thing to watch here is the degree to which The Golden Child has everyone wrapped around his or her little finger…
The Drama Queen
Brace yourselves for this one. And then simultaneously cast your mind back to the toddler years. Because the teen Drama Queen has many similarities to a toddler who is facing a crisis of epic proportions – only teen Drama Queens are generally bigger, hairier and louder, and involve you ruining everything.
It usually starts with a guttural scream: “Muuum?/Daaad?” and then you can expect a few “I hate you”s, punctuated by door slams. “You have ruined my life/You don’t understand me/I hate this family” may also make an appearance. Good times.