I've learned so much from children and young people over the past several years. I've been privileged to research with children and young people about their unusual or 'anomalous' experiences and listen to their ideas about what it means to be human and what 'reality' is.
Why is this work important? Last year, nearly half a million children and young people in the UK accessed mental health services, with countless others in distress and suffering alone. Our research is starting to show that children and young people normally have 'unusual' experiences that can sometimes be misunderstood as illness. This can increase distress in children and young people.
There is a video here about some of the findings from a study we conducted in 2019 (see the link on the right).
But - as adults, we can have beliefs, worries and fears about these kinds of experiences that are formed from how we were taught as children. We also found that 'unusual' experiences may play an important role in how we understand ourselves and can carry the potential for wellbeing - if we understand them in a meaningful way.
This space is for sharing what we experience and learn. I'll be sharing examples of findings from recent studies with children and young people. Children and young people will shares some of their stories and bites of philosophical thinking, from children and young people who experience self, others and the world in non-conventional ways.
Hopefully, the site will interest children, young people, parents, care-givers, academics and people who are interested in the big questions. The most mysterious question we all have is 'Who am I?'
I hope you enjoy sharing our journey with us.