The different characteristics of emotional development during childhood and adolescence are as follows:
- The first emotions developed during childhood are joy, fear, sadness, and anger.
- Children start developing more complex emotions such as shame, guilt, elation, pride, surprise, empathy, and shyness when they develop a sense of self.
- During adolescence, emotions are highly unstable and individuals experience a variety of emotions at the same time.
- Due to the instability of emotions, at times, individuals may be highly active while at other times, they can be extremely lazy.
- Adolescents struggle with fitting in and become conscious of the environment surrounding him or her.
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