Category: Mental health
Jessica Koch | 13 Oct 2020
Kindness and the tendency to accommodate others can help to foster relationships in education. However, when “Good Girls” grow up to be teachers, their uncompromising yearning for other people’s affections may have problematic consequences.
Jessica Koch | 11 Aug 2020
How can we administer first aid in mental health emergencies if we feel that engaging with people (and often strangers) in distress is putting our own mental well-being at risk?
Katharina Pietsch | 28 Jul 2020
Mind_over_matter is a collection of short films produced by Bielefeld University’s English Drama Group that investigate how the censoring and self-censoring of our identity and emotions affect our mental health.
Katharina Pietsch | 25 Mar 2020 | 1 comment
In this episode of the Unconditional Teaching Podcast, Tyll and I talk to Jessica about her experience of writing and defending her Ph.D. thesis and the severe strain it put on her mental health.
Jessica Koch | 14 Jan 2020 | 2 comments
The discourse of wasted potential is omnipresent but it may be a harmful way of speaking about ourselves, relating to others, and thinking about our or others' accomplishments.
Jessica Koch | 17 Dec 2019
In this piece, I elaborate on how the concepts of Radical Acceptance, the “trust-default”, and the distinction between personal and professional expectations helped me to improve and feel better about my teaching and get a better understanding for what I think unconditionality in teaching should entail.
Tyll Zybura | 28 Oct 2019
Spending thirty minutes of one class session on honest talk about stress and suffering and coping and healing can have an enormous positive impact on our students’ lives.
Tyll Zybura | 14 Oct 2019 | 1 comment
Students often have an unhealthy all-or-nothing attitude toward their work which increases stress levels. They relax a bit when they learn to prioritize their work and allow themselves to ‘embrace mediocrity’ on low-stakes tasks to save time and energy.