I don't know how to express this. I want to say that the ugliness of adolescence is hidden BUT not for adolescents themselves. Is this sentence correct? is there a better phrasing? "the ugliness of this stage is obscured but not to adolescents themselves"

Thank you

  • Anthropologists call such external perspectives "etic", and the corresponding internal perspectives "emic". A group may have a particular religious practice, and the "emic" belief is they do it to please their gods, but a Western scientist may have the "etic" perspective that the practice arose for food-sanitation or preservation reasons (e.g. kosher practices in ancient Judea). Fair warning: I may have mixed up which one was emic and which etic.
    – Dan Bron
    Nov 19 '14 at 15:06
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    Your title doesn't quite match the text of your question. The title is very broad but I think it is also possible to answer your real question in a way that does not satisfy the title at all. For example, it might be possible to use a Mystery Cult metaphor (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greco-Roman_mysteries), likening adolescents to initiates in a misery cult, which would satisfy your real question while failing according to your title.
    – itsbruce
    Nov 19 '14 at 15:25
  • @itsbruce +1 for "adolescents in a misery cult" :)
    – Dan Bron
    Nov 19 '14 at 15:28

Sure, you did great. Here:

The ugliness of adolescence is hidden - but not from adolescents themselves.

Note that "not not from _ _ _ themselves" is a somewhat standard form. So, you're using that. Enjoy!

  • There are definitely more expressive ways to say it, though not all would be appropriate, depending on the context.
    – itsbruce
    Nov 19 '14 at 16:03
  • Its almost an ELL question. The OP just wants to know if that sounds good - it does with a tweak. As I mention the last half is a "standard form". Regarding writing it again kratively, anyone here could do so ten times but I only write kratively for money ;-)
    – Fattie
    Nov 19 '14 at 16:07

It's a clinical term, but it might be apt to use hypergnosis in a loose sense to describe the heightened state of self-awareness that characterises adolescence.

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