‘Growing up tethered’?

Current debate and research cautions parents about their teens constantly using mobile devices as a means of connection. Ms Sarah Boyle, Head of O’Connor House, advises adults to become informed and savvy in the developmental impacts of this new norm — and to learn how to effectively engage with it.

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Growth through adversity

Friedrich Nietzsche’s ‘What does not kill me makes me stronger’ is an often-heard axiom. The ‘adversity hypothesis’ relates to people needing difficulties, trauma or setbacks in order to grow and develop as a person. School Psychologist Miss Lauren Phillips asks if this can be true; are stressors and challenges ‘good’ for us?

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Nil sine labore — Talent’s got nothing to do with it

As a society, we are obsessed with the notion of talent. We see someone do something that we can’t and we immediately think of it as being innate; but what if this thinking is wrong? Mr Stephen Fogarty, Director of Health Studies, discusses the idea that purposeful practice is more important than talent.

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Warm heart, cool head, bright future

Inspired by the Dalai Lama, Head of Griffith House Ms Jan O'Sullivan asks, ‘How do we grow a good person?’ Living a happy life depends on the nature of the society in which we live. We are social animals and a good person can only be ‘grown’ in a family or community of people who demonstrate genuine affection.

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