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An overview of new research exploring the psychosocial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine

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Study 1: Exploring the Psychosocial Consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on Expatriate Families in Hong Kong Context: Without a doubt, COVID-19, a worldwide pandemic has affected humanity on a global level. One cannot imagine a population that hasn’t been affected in some way, shape or form by the effects of the virus. While the regular […]

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Understanding and Developing Empathy

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Barak Obama once said:  “Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.” Empathy is the ability to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their […]

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Supporting the Emotional and Mental Wellbeing of Adolescents and Emerging Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Image by Nghai Le from https://unsplash.com/photos/V3DokM1NQcs Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic, and related control measures, has disrupted the lives of many people across the world. The rapid increase in the global spread of the virus has created a sense of uncertainty and anticipatory anxiety as to where this will all lead. In an attempt […]

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Self-concept and Self-awareness

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Aristotle is claimed to have said that  “Knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom”. Similarly, the Dalai Lama suggests that having a greater self-awareness of understanding means having a better grasp of reality. We all think we know ourselves. But in reality, we are different in front of people. We wear a mask depending on […]

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Towards a Bioecological Approach to Education in Hong Kong

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Child and adolescent development, particularly social and emotional development, does not exist in a vacuum but is rooted within the social, economic, cultural and political framework and across the passage of time. Developmental psychologist, Urie Bronfenbrenner, argued that established models of human development, overlooked the vital influence of biological factors on psychological growth. He proposed […]

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Understanding Resilience

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According to the Harvard Business Review (2002) “…more than education, experience, or training, an individual’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds & who fails.” And yet a report by the Mental Health Foundation suggests that, in comparison with earlier generations, children today are less able to cope with stress and adversity partly because they […]

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Interconnectedness

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“The world interacts with itself. The sky, the spirits, the earth, the physical world, the living, and the deceased all act, interact, and react in consort. One works on the other and one part cannot exist nor be explained without the other.”  – The Trinity of Sin by Yusfu Turaki The notion that everyone and […]

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Reflections on my white privilege

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The following are reflections on my white privilege which I posted on social media in an attempt to acknowledge and appreciate the movement #blacklivesmatter. I posted something each day for seven days, not a comfortable experience as I do not usually put myself out there. However, this movement is not about me, it is about […]

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Mindfulness, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Character Strengths

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We appreciate that the concept of mindfulness is not without its critics, however, other terms could be used such a ‘seeking stillness’, ‘concentrating on our senses’, ‘concentrating on sights and sounds around us’. Mindfulness is a process of open, active, non-judgmental awareness of ones surroundings, paying attention in the present moment with openness and curiosity. […]