Most people have no idea that the stories inside our heads determine much of what we notice in the world or how we string our observations together to make meanings of them. This suggests that stories that are invisible to us define a good deal of what we experience, so we continue to live these
Universities around the world looking closely at employment rights and research engagement of doctoral candidates. The benefits of treating PhD students as university employees, an issue under consideration by some institutions in the UK and US, have been spotlighted by the recent completion of reforms in Sweden. Changes to the law in Sweden, implementing an
Seven is the most significant number across religions and cultures. Stop any person in the street and ask them to choose an odd number between 1 and 10. More often not, they will say the number 7. For ‘lucky 7’ is the world’s favourite number. There are seven days of the week, seven colours of the
One of the goals stated in the National Development Plan (NDP) is for 90% of grades 3, 6 and 9 learners to achieve 50% or more in annual national assessments for literacy, mathematics and science by 2030. When asked whether they feel this goal is realistic, only 26% of South African graduate professionals said yes.
With its aggressive behaviour and appetite for young chicks, the magpie doesn’t have a particularly good image when it comes to compassion. But according to some experts, the predator may have a tender side, feeling grief and routinely holding ‘funerals’ for fallen friends. Dr Marc Bekoff claims the rituals – which involve birds laying ‘wreaths’ of grass
KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo registered his shock after a syndicate selling spots at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Nelson Mandela School of Medicine was busted last week. Three people‚ who appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s court on Monday‚ are alleged to have negotiated bribes and liaised with university staff to enrol prospective students in the
I know what you may be thinking: How can three words really change anyone’s life, including yours? I will tell you, however, that in my almost 30 years as a psychologist, and after sharing these three words with over 5,000 past and current counseling clients, no one has dismissed these three words! The vast majority
In South Africa, research suggests that as many as 12% of university students experience anything from moderate to severe symptoms of depression. And 15% report moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety. One study found that as many as 24.5% of a large sample of South African students reported some form of suicidal ideation in the