This is the third cycle, from fourteen to twenty-one. During it we become conscious of ourselves in a new way, and with a different relationship to life. One might say we become “self conscious.” The emotional range expands in all directions, and with this a new appreciation of music, art, literature and people begins. It is found for instance that at puberty the ability to distinguish subtler tones of colour and sound develops. Besides this the person might go through the difficult struggle of breaking away from home life and/or parental influence. It naturally produces conflict as the person learns some degree of independence. Also, the opposite sex, or sex as a urgent impulse, usually becomes all important as the new emotions pour in upon our personality. See Example 5 for information about facing adolescence.
Women can experience a variety of sensations before, during or after their menses. Common complaints include backache, pain in the inner thighs, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, breast tenderness, irritability, and other mood changes. Women also experience positive sensations such as relief, release, euphoria, new beginning, invigoration, connection with nature, creative energy, exhilaration, increased sex drive and more intense orgasms.
Bacteria undergo a haplontic life cycle where a single generation of haploid cells have one set of chromosomes. Many multicellular animals with a one generational life cycle have a diplontic life cycle in which cells have two sets of chromosomes. In diploid organisms each individual sex cell is haploid. When the haploid sperm and the haploid egg are joined, a diploid organism, with two sets of chromosomes, is formed. Plant life cycles are referred to as diplohaplontic because they develop from the gametophyte (haploid generation) to the sporophyte (diploid generation).