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Birkbeck's Big Ideas: Do life's tensions help us grow? How we experience growth and how coaching can help

Venue: External, City and Islington College, Centre for Lifelong Learning, 28-42 Blackstock Road, London, N4 2DG

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Join us for the latest instalment of Birkbeck's Big Ideas and come prepared for interesting discussion and fascinating research!

Birkbeck's Big Ideas is a series of thought-provoking free public lectures, delivered in the local community by Birkbeck researchers from a wide range of subject areas. Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of previous educational experience, and the lectures are a chance to learn something new. This latest installment comes from Natalie Lancer, PhD researcher at Birkbeck's Department of Psychological Sciences.

What is personal growth and development? Natalie started this study looking to understand how students having one-to-one coaching grow at university and initially found that students developed their social skills and their confidence. In time, she realised that behind these one-dimensional descriptions of growth, lay a more complicated, two-dimensional experience, grounded in the tensions and trade-offs of real, gritty life.

This talk aims to challenge the audience's preconceived notions of growth and introduce a psychological theory that may help attendees reflect on meeting the everyday struggles we all face, considering whether and why coaching may be helpful for us to process these normal, human tensions.

Listen to a podcast about the talk here:

The event is FREE and open to all, but please note that seating is allocated on a first come first served basis. Registration and refreshments start at 6pm and the talk will commence at 6.15pm.

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