"Train your brain now what you want to be in future "
Dr Shalini Aiyappa, Psychologist.
"Emotion is the process of integration that brings self-organization to the mind"
St Aloysius College,Harihar organized a talk for it students on Emotional Intergration on 9 September 2019 in the college auditorium. The speaker for the day was Dr Shalini Aiyappa,
Psychologist and Head of the Department of Psychology,St Aloysius College Mangalore accompanied by Ms Sharon Dsouza,Counsellor ,St Aloysius College ,Mangalore
Formal programme began by invoking God's blessings.Fr Pradeep Sequiera, Acting Superior gave his message on how the college focuses on intellectual formation ,emotional and
behavioural growth by all opportunities that it gives its students. The college also promotes the holistic growth which involves the active participation of the head, heart and the
mind. He mentioned as to how each student in this college can make use of ample number of opportunities for their holistic growth.He gave a brief introduction about Dr Shalini ,
saying with his interaction with her she is a pleasant and a good human being and how she has been associated with the Jesuits for a long time .
The other guests on stage were Fr Cyril Raj,Vice Principal,Degree ,Ms Pusphalatha Urs,Actinng Principal ,Degree,Mr Sunny Gudinho ,Acting Principal,PUC and the staff Coordinator Ms Shobha Monis.
Sessions were divided into two halves, first for the science students and the next half for the arts and commerce students .
In both these sessions ,Dr Shalini spoke about how an individual needs to make choices in his life and prioritize these choices accordingly. Every choice follows a consequence as choices you make now will impact your future She stressed on staying focused in life and when it seems difficult ,each person has to put in necessary effort for whatever is right .
At the adolescent age ,the mind behaves like a monkey as everything it sees looks interesting and in everything the individual seeks curiosity. This curiosity can be good or bad depending on the choices the person has made. Before entering the adolescent age,the brain was trained to listen to whatever the parents say,but at this stage the brain gives a chance to re programme it.And this reprogrammed brain activity will last for a lifetime. There are a lot of choices to make at this stage regarding sports, academics ,friendship ,entertainment and other things that follow .
There is always a connection between choice and consequence, as each choice that the individual makes surely has a consequence to follow.So the choices have to be made right and training your brain to accept only that is good for the future is necessary as something that is going to last long is be thought of very early in life. Train your brain now what you want to be in future.
The speaker divided the students into groups of ten,to discuss about the choices that they make and what can be it consequence.Questions such as what is the purpose of you being here at St Aloysius College ? , What are the choices that are difficult to make ?
She told the students as to how to brain works at this stage ,where it is curious about everything that it sees because philosophy of life at this adolescent stage is different and it doesn't think for the future .
Students discussed topics like studying is important at this stage ,balance of academics and sports is needed ,value of friendship- both bad and good ,how to delete the ones who cause harm and how to keep the ones that do good to us ,how to balance parental expectations and the way the individual thinks.
The session concluded on the discussions made in the groups and Dr Shalini gave her insights into what the students had pointed out .She emphasized on making oneself aware of the choices and thinking over it ,forcing the brain to think about all the choices and choose the one that is right. If incase the individual isn't in a position to take any decision ,to seek help from parents, teachers and older members in the society. She asked the students to keep in mind certain things while making a choice such as If I make a choice will it be against my parental values / teachers/my values /against the law ,Is it safe for me and others ? ,Will I get into trouble ? , Will it disappoint my parents and teachers ?
The day concluded with Vote of Thanks by Elvina Nazreth ,I PCMB .