There Is Nothing Wrong With You for Teens
In the years since our best-selling Regardless of What You Were Taught to Believe, There Is Nothing Wrong With You was published, people have said to me periodically, “I wish I had read this growing up.” “I wish I had known this in high school.” Finally I heard what they were saying: young people need this information. It’s too late for those of us who “grew up” ten, twenty, thirty, or more years ago, but those of you who are young today are growing up just as alone, isolated, and confused as previous generations, and facing a more complex world. –Cheri Huber, There Is Nothing Wrong with You For Teens.
Shootings in American schools have alerted the rest of us that teenagers today are in pain–they are screaming for help. Teens feel lonely, isolated, and confused in this increasingly complex and fast-paced world we live in. We have more high-tech tools with which to communicate than ever before, but we are listening to one another–especially to our children–less than ever before. Consequently, teenagers are suffering in silence, resulting in an increase in drug use, alcoholism, pregnancy, suicide, and even HIV among teens. And, in some extreme instances, teenagers are even killing others, in a desperate attempt to deal with their feelings of alienation, isolation, and victimization.
There Is Nothing Wrong With You For Teens is specifically written for teens and demonstrates how we all are the products of our social conditioning–we are our own worst critics. Readers are shown how to move past the self-hate we have been socialized with and to embrace their real, “authentic” selves. They are encouraged to treat themselves with the compassion and acceptance they would extend to a best friend.
There Is Nothing Wrong With You For Teens includes effective tools and techniques for being good to and supportive of oneself, as well as for ending self-hating communication with parents and others in one’s life.
Cheri Huber has been a student and teacher of Zen awareness practice for over 35 years. She is the founder of the Zen Monastery Peace Center in Murphys, CA and Living Compassion, non-profits dedicated to peace and service. She hosts a weekly internet radio show Open Air. Follow Cheri on her blog.