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The Pygmalion effect – how our young people live up (or down) to our expectations

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Alan White In 1964 Harvard psychologist Robert Rosenthal was given permission to administer a new IQ test to a group of Elementary school students. After administering the test, a group of children were highlighted to the teacher as having great potential to academically flourish over the next year. Sure enough over the following academic year […]

What lies beyond your comfort zone?

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Alan White Last Saturday I was lucky enough to be selected to showcase the work I have done over the past number of years on Mental Health at Féilte. This event is held every year in the RDS in Dublin and is organised by the Teaching Council. It is the largest celebration (Féilte means celebration, […]

A Eulogy for Stigma – Why we must get well-being on the agenda in schools

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Alan White Born out of fear and lack of understanding, stigma has marginalised those with mental health difficulties for centuries. Very often anyone suffering with mental illness were seen as outcasts and were viewed with suspicion and fear, even by loved ones. Stigma develops when we don’t understand something. As human beings, when we can’t […]

Weltschmerz – World Weary

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Alan White Welschmerz (Pronounced, Velchsmearts), is a German work which means: Mental depression or apathy caused by comparison of the actual state of the world with an ideal state. A mood of sentimental sadness. We do not have a word to describe this feeling in the English language, but it sums up how many people […]

Why Education should Flourish

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Mostly we think we are mentally healthy because we do not experience mental illness. We are inclined to think that absence of mental illness means mental health by default. This way of thinking has its roots in the medical model, which has dominated our understanding of health, but this is really problematic because the absence […]