Mature students – stress and challenges to return to school

Mature Students Facing Practical and Emotional Challenges

Repeated adult education, whether after a couple of years or several decades, is a great opportunity for personal growth and development. Sometimes, however, it creates individual personal and human challenges that lead to stress and may interfere with success in the field of study or talent.

It is worth recognizing that there are typical stresses that can sometimes become threatening or overwhelming and may encourage student development to seek help or advice. Here is an overview of some challenges and issues that a mature student may encounter and which might be worth adding in personal treatment ….

Trouble to start?

Young environment connects us to the younger self: hope and fear … memories of early mistakes pull us down. A family of origin issues around competition, self esteem, fears of success, dependence and older expectations of parents can be revived.

What can you do now when you can not do it? Dare to try again.
Back to learning because you must. The emotional downfall down-sizing, layoff's been fired … marriage breaking up.

Psychology to be there … and stay there!

Family pressure to be in an old role, family relationship … family health, and act in response to an attempt to change and develop. The family feelings of being abandoned create guilt.

Psychological burden of new experiences and new challenges,

  • Feelings of inferiority in relation to the skills of younger classmates in an uneasy mix with feelings of superiority in their own lives.
  • Found in group projects that can lead to.
  • Social isolation from the farmers of the students … no fish or birds or a good red herring … feeling both above and below
  • Taste of a steep learning process in the light of technology and learning skills that have lasted for years … can do not class your seven class again … so how to deal with statistics.

Privacy, a very common phenomenon that can serve as a defense and connection to self-harm. How your perfection is to prevent you.

Imposter Syndrome … the symptoms are:

  • Being able to instill a sense of being talented or capable in view of all objective indicators of the opposite
  • Separate the performance of external factors related not ability.
  • Comparison of Others
  • Emphasize Strengths and Own Abilities of Others
  • Minimize Other Vulnerabilities and Own Power.
  • Behavioral Power:

    • Becoming Immobilized by Deadlines
    • Avoid Challenges


    • Demanding Perfection and Never Release
    • Kindle, fear and depression from pressure to live well to successful image or fear of becoming exposed or incompetent

    Philosophical and Ethical Development

    Becoming an Individual: Psychologist Erik Erikson's Second Level Personal Development begins to kick:

    "Generativity vs. Stagnation" … ways to "Integrity vs. Despair"

    Cognitive and Ethical Development of adults: Ethical problems around taking an independent position and giving back to society.

    Carol Gilligan on women's moral development: female rights to deal with herself in care and nutrition. No need to always put other needs first.

    Sandwich generation … Being a "triple decker" sandwich really … with responsibility for the generation above and below …. as well as responsibility for oneself.

    Feeling of Vocation … The feeling of "calling" to work is a powerful driver of effort and sacrifice but also at the beginning, sometimes difficult to justify or express. Demand or desire to express yourself on this particular path and to create a life that congruent with your mature values ​​requires confirmation and support. Luigi Rulla writes about voting, argues that an important difference between the process and the voting lies in the fact that Vocation is not the concept of self-esteem, but rather of expression of self-esteem. He claims that Vocation has much more to do with expression than the career does. It is perfectly possible to pursue a career that enjoys your abilities and potential of the environment, but is not focused on personal values. It may be mid-life to review personal values ​​that are strong enough to raise violence in the career process. Sangring rings have a characteristic requirement that the aspirant's personal values ​​are consistent with that domain or organization. He points out that capabilities and skills are surface properties that can be changed to a large extent, as the plaintiff controls to express deep values.

    The emphasis on value can lead to volunteers seeking to make personal inquiries and transfer normal coverage of stability, opinion, status, and remuneration. This choice can not be judged equally by others around them … and this can cause human problems.

    Practical and physical perspective …

    Faced with physical limits: For men and women, acceptance and adaptation to increasing limits and decreasing energy.

    Time management … pull all nighters no option anymore! Need to develop other methods.

    Network: Applying abilities, resources and communication system of adult life to a theoretical project
    Menopause and menopause affect women's psychology and physiology.

    Do not Silence

    Many of the above challenges are not tied to mature students

    They are often the forthcoming challenges of adulthood and middle age … but the additional challenge to return to learning can increase experience to the place where they find overwhelming or come unexpectedly on the light. Talking about these issues with a thinking friend, therapist or counselor can help to standardize experience and allow you to find realistic and practical ways to solve the problems when they arise.

    To learn to learn is exciting and also emotionally and psychologically awake.
    Internal disorder and self-examination can be marked by external symptoms such as increased physical and mental fatigue, sometimes seen as mild depression and social uptake. It is interesting, however, that research assures us that even if there is "instability," returning to learning and working, there are sensible responses to dissatisfaction and insufficient needs with well-adjusted people!


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