29Dec/15Off

Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly’s Areas of Interest, Expertise & Research

Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly’s Areas of Interest, Expertise & Research 

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31Oct/15Off

Dr Naoise OReilly Newstalk The Right Hook Shane Coleman banning homework

Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly on Newstalk’s The Right Hook interviewed live in studio by Shane Coleman this evening renewing call for homework to be banned in schools.

12Nov/14Off

Why Hollywood’s Celebrity Babies Have Car Crash Written All Over Them


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How Hollywood’s Celebrity Children Can Avoid Train Wreck Lives.

“All of the money, fame and recognition in the World cannot buy you parenting skills.  The hardcore life threatening habits of serious celebrity child addicts form around 23.  That is 23 years of Hollywood parents being oblivious to the real needs of their children,” according to Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly, an International Psychological Profiler and Expression Expert.

Dr. O’Reilly believes the pressure associated with having famous parents sets children up for failure from birth plus having to endure the additional burden, heartache and increased likelihood of losing all of the family’s generational wealth within a very short space of time.

She says, “if your parents are famous, connected and super wealthy everything should be possible.  The world is your oyster.  You even have access to the best education and the people to kickstart your career.  Yet, so few of the kids of Hollywood stars reach their full potential.  Instead, it is like they just fall off of the train tracks.  There are pivotal ages where the correct type of intervention can really turnaround lives fast.”

Dr. O’Reilly feels that there is real hope.  “These children of celebrities could discover how to fire their shrink forever, live a life of greatness and emerge from the shadows of their high profile parents.  How can we save Hollywood from itself?  The psychological methods we use help people to destroy failure patterns with positive generational consequences.  We have achieved results within four to eight hours where traditional therapists had tried for years without success.”

She concluded that, “celebrities have the means to help their kids do anything and having busy schedules is no excuse for failing to create proper support mechanisms in the home, even if it is a mansion.  The bottom line is that problems can be fixed when you can help someone become and feel more successful.  We do not firefight.  We solve major life problems before they even start.”

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Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly is an Expression Developist™, Mentor & Psychological Profiler working with some of the most successful people and companies in the World.  She has dedicated her life to scientific research and the development of new methods in the areas of the psychology of success and educational development across all spectrums.

24Jul/14Off

What the film Boyhood tells us about the need for family mediation

boyhoodIt struck me watching the film Boyhood at the weekend that teenage boys are always telling me that everyone is on their case. When Mason in the film reaches 15 he asks his stepdad "can someone just give me a break for one day?" The irony is that a poor role model adult on his case is not lost on us. It's not what we say to teenagers that matters it's what we do. The role we show them.

It was incredible that someone took the time to spend 12 years filming a boy as he grew up from carefree child of 6 to young adult male at 18 off to college. Thank you Richard Linklater!

I'm not convinced that the endless drone of "responsibility" turns out better adults. I have so many different roles in my work but listening to teenagers woes is definitely top of the list and acting as translator back to schools, parents and other professionals. I've forgotten how many times parents have called me up "because they are sick of the rows over school work and homework"

I have long been an advocate for the abolishment of homework. It sometimes seems that schools and departments have forgotten there is an important family life to live. This film shows us the true dynamics of what matters in a child's life as they grow up.

It was very striking in Boyhood the image of a carefree child that is crushed into serious reality around 15. I see and hear stories everyday of happy go luck children that suddenly have the weight of the world on them. I have seen this in cases as young as 7. Students with dyslexia seem to hit that world of responsibility younger than most. At very young ages we are not "keeping up".  I wish childhood went on for longer. Maybe while schools and the powers that be argue about how important homework is for life they could take a step back and look at how long we have to be responsible and grown up in contrast to how short a time we have as carefree children?

In the meantime I'm just the person who listens to all their stories, translates their fears and somehow finds an easier path through them for everyone.

This is a must see film for parents - see what really matters to the adults you turn out. Boyhood

Dr Naoisé O'Reilly

Expression Developist™

2Jul/14Off

How Does Confidence Club® Work?

 

Confidence Club

“Confidence Club® is Groundbreaking due to Results We get with People in ridiculously short timescales & because it contains the Holy Grail of CONFIDENCE no-one else achieves for Life as quickly as We do,” Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly

17Apr/14Off

Hillary Clinton Informed of New Anti School Shooting and Stabbing School Alarm Prevention System Following Pittsburg Attacks

School AlarmHillary Clinton has today been contacted about a simple means to help prevent further school shootings and school stabbings in the United States and around the world by education expert Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly Ph.D. an Expression Developist.

In the aftermath of this weeks latest American school stabbings at Franklin Regional High School in Murrayville near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the recurring theme amongst convicted perpetrators of similar offenses is that everyone afterwards describes these people as loners.  Dr. O’Reilly said, “there is no safe and fool proof mechanism in place right now and this is what School Alarm fixes.”

She added that, “I’m sick of hearing information after the fact.  If I met one of these students I would instantly know there was something drastically wrong.  If I had walked into a class beforehand I would have sensed that something was brewing.  Somebody always knows deep down that there’s an issue but because of the current system, repercussions and the fear of saying something, especially if you are a teacher, nothing is done.  The fact remains that after these atrocities have happened somebody always comes forward and says the killer was a loner, they were weird, they were being bullied, they never spoke to anyone, they never looked happy.  There’s always oceans of information divulged afterwards - when it is too late.”

There are an unacceptable number of school shootings and school stabbings across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Finland, Norway, Scotland, Germany, Croatia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Greece, Hungary, France, Argentina, Brazil, Israel, Yemen, The Philippines, China, Thailand, Lebanon, India, Azerbaijan, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria and so on.  That’s 294 lives lost worldwide in school shootings by bullet injuries alone.  This is not just an American phenomenon.

Dr. Naoisé continued by saying, “I’m not talking about arresting people or locking them away in a psychiatric ward.  It is about somebody non-judgmentally coming along and talking with them, sitting down and listening to them, asking if everything is alright.  There could be an undiagnosed mental condition that can be treated before a violent escalation.  Or perhaps they have a learning difficulty and they have been really struggling in school.  It is usually all down to the fact that they cannot express themselves.  If this was dealt with in an effective way they wouldn’t need to feel that the only way out was to shoot and stab the people around them.”

Dr Naoisé (Expression Developist™) & Marie O'Riordan

 

6Apr/14Off

Divergent Movie Demystified for Real World by Doctor’s Psychological Profiling

Divergent is making waves in popular culture with the release of part one of the hollywood movie trilogy inspired by Veronica Roth’s books.  This follows the mammoth success of The Hunger Games starring academy award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence.

There are two main themes in Divergent.  The first is that it is bad and possibly even fatal to fit into more than one aptitude.  The second major theme relates to growing away from your parents. 

In Divergent’s futuristic world it is seen as threatening to fit into more than one faction made up of five temperaments which are selfless, peaceful, honest, brave and knowledgeable.  It is difficult to compare this directly to personality theory as it is generally regarded that there are in fact sixteen types of people in the real world.

However, this does compare to our four defined learning styles which are the ways that people take in information from the world.  Our four categories of psychological profiling methods include auditory, visual, practical and kinesthetic.

All of the students we work with that do not fit in a box and struggle in school have what we call multiplicity.  This means, like in Divergent, they have all four aptitudes.  They are quite often overwhelmed by the amount of information they absorb from all environments.  Multiplicity is what people commonly see as “clever” and “intelligent.”  All of our ideas of cleverness and intelligence come from people who can absorb ideas quickly and have a multitude of interests.  This is where we break away from the norm.

Multiplicity is drilled out of children in school by age fifteen.  Only a very small percentage of the older students we meet have still retained their natural multiplicity.  They are quite often seen as “freaks.”  Some of them were very heavily medicated before working with us for just having too much energy or being too “distracted.”

In the film Divergent the main character takes an aptitude test at the age of sixteen.  This is true to school life.  There have been some pretty hilarious conversations within our team about what they were told at sixteen.  The Senior D.N.A. Geneticist on our team was told at sixteen that he would never be any good a science.

This brings us to the second main theme in the film and the challenges the main character experiences when she realizes that she cannot follow her family.  She does not easily fit into their faction and this is a real life experience for many of our students.  Children really struggle when in their teenage years they appear to have nothing in common with their family and parents don’t understand them.

In many cases the students we work with have just simply skipped a generation in aptitudes and personality.  It is quite often revealed that they are much more like their grandparents and great grandparents.  A mother or father can feel that their children have nothing in common with them and this can also be the case in partnerships where there are children from different relationships.

We work with adult clients in the business world in their late thirties too who had struggled to find their path in life.  Having attempted the career path of their parents they have not fitted in.  They quite often do not feel any real support or understanding from home about who they really are.

The good news is that it is perfectly alright to be divergent and movies like this can only help to shine a positive light on psychological profiling and our ongoing research in the area of personality types and achievement.  Anyone who works in personality theory does so because they have an overwhelming desire to help people find out who they really are and wish to help them to succeed.

20Mar/14Off

5 Years of The Homework Club

17Mar/14Off

St. Patrick’s Day 2014: Ireland the Land of Learners

One of the great difficulties with education is that we attempt to fit everyone into the same box.  It is generally accepted that this does not happen but how else can we effectively teach the masses?  Well, as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and all that is Irish this is in fact the first mistake when thinking about teaching.  If we instead focus on the learners, the actual students and look at the world from their perspective we may begin to not only accommodate everybody but have them reach their full potential.  Most of all, even experience these people being happy and enjoying education.

So, if we take the learning nation of Ireland, what are we really like here?  We are a country stockpiled with sociable chatterboxes and have a huge number of successful athletics when you think about the size of this land.  We make an impact wherever we go and we are also very generous philanthropically for the size of Ireland.  We as a race contribute hugely to global charities, peace keeping forces and volunteer work.  We are hugely proud of anything remotely Irish.

So, in simple terms that makes us auditory and kinesthetic learners that need huge amounts of encouragement and praise.  We really care about what everyone else thinks of us.  So like most other parts of the world we are a largely extrovert society.  We need to work with others in social settings and we are very social beings.

The hugely interesting fact about auditory learners is that they do not need to just listen, they need to talk as well.  We all know how much we Irish love to speak.  The idea of us starting school at five and learning to be quiet in a classroom situation is just outright ridiculous.  We must admit that we work our way through so much in Ireland by gossiping. The information overload taxi driver, the restroom queue gossip or the local store conversation. It makes us better able to cope with the legendary Irish rainy weather if nothing else.

One of the real difficulties with being an auditory learner (besides just being in trouble in class for talking all of the time) is the rambling way we work, there is no structure.  This is the most common difficulty that many of our students have, especially all the super talkative kinesthetic boys who are brilliant on the sports field but feel like trash at everything else in school.  They simply have no idea how to structure an answer or to focus their thoughts onto the page at hand.

Sure, for the Irish it is perfectly alright and acceptable to write exactly the way you talk too.  The best way to work with auditory kinesthetic learners is through role play.  This is sociable group work that allows us to talk out scenarios.  We get to put ourselves in the situation and we all do great in this part of oral school examinations.  We are a country filled with bucket loads of generationally provided and divided political views.  It is important for us to get to talk about these at length on a regular basis.

Students almost fall off of their chairs with shock when we ask them what they think or have a personal opinion on, but it is so much easier to write about what you feel especially when this is what matters to you when you are kinesthetic.  Normally boys just get to run this out of their systems on the sports field rather than working through it in english or history class.

It is equally vital to allow us Irish to talk about everything that matters to us in our own unique way.  The Irish have a great gift of the gab, the wit that has a name for every object, landmark and sculpture.  We talk about creativity and innovation, this is a wonderful example of innovation with words.  We can express any situation as a joke.  We have always been gifted story tellers and can spin any yarn.

We are also hugely competitive, hence our many sporting heroes, the mark we leave whatever we set our minds to.  Competition is such a great way to inject energy into any learning environment too.

There is a pride deeply engrained in the Irish and as a result we can never cope with being made a fool of in public.  We may try to joke our way out of any situation but it hurts deeply.  Everyone we have ever spoken to in this country has a school story where they lost face and they have never forgotten it.  This is why we have to focus on the learners always, the real people we are helping to grow and develop.  Everyone is different but we all fall into patterns of behavior that can be accommodated.  You can't just take an education model from one country to another and expect it to work, especially since the models are always developed for the teachers and governments not the students.  There are very simple patterns and learning styles but you have to look for them and you have to use each nations strengths and values to achieve what is important for them, even the Irish.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the island of saints and scholars.

Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly & Marie O'Riordan

 

10Feb/14Off

The fundamental differences between self harm & eating disorders – vital in helping students with these conditions

 

This may seem a slightly depressing topic for me to write about but I'd like to focus on the ways we can achieve successful outcomes with students who suffer from these conditions.

One of the keys to helping in any situation is awareness and understanding. So what is it about when someone chooses to harm themselves? This can be through starvation, cutting themselves or purposely making themselves sick. All of these behaviours can seem extreme and difficult to relate to for many parents, teachers or friends.

 

All of these actions are firstly about control. You have lost control in some way in your life. Everything just seems to be out of your grasp and you need something to focus your attention on and have control over. Eating, food, routines and exercise are all very easy to control. There are no external factors and so these become the focus for you. The first time I ever came across Anorexia was when I was still in school myself. Oddly there were a number of female students in the same year who were all experiencing eating disorders. Their behaviour stuck in my head and when I later started university I was exposed once again to people around me with the condition, especially through my work in the students union. All of the people either controlled how much they ate, over exercised compulsively or took some sort of solace in making themselves ill after eating.

I wasn't exposed to self harm until much later when I became an educational mentor and education administrator. From a distance this looks to be a very different condition and in the same way as my school days I saw there was a tendency for there to appear to be groups of students with the same behaviour patterns. This made me ask is it fashionable? Is it something you do because others around you do it? What are the reasons and the triggers? How different are these actions? Is cutting yourself the same as starving yourself and most importantly what are the keys to helping someone?

So aside from control or loss of it what else do these conditions have in common? The simple answer is self image. But the self image is not created in the same way and this is vital to understanding the difference in helping people with eating disorders and self harm.

The classic picture of self image for a person with an eating disorder is that they will stand in front a mirror and see a much fatter, heavier and unpretty image of themselves. This can be very hard to understand from the outside. How can they see something that is so distorted?

This important point is that the "self image" they have of themselves is created from inside. My experience has always been that they have developed an image of themselves that is untrue and doesn't easily seem to have stemmed from anyone else. There may in fact be a deep trauma or experience that has happened to them that has led them to think very badly of themselves and hence see themselves in a very negative way and especially in a very physically unattractive way. Getting to the route of this trigger that has lead to their own self image is key to solving the condition.

With self harm there is also a poor self image but this has been created in a slightly different way. There is always an external pain that the student is trying to drain away very literally. There will be someone in the background who is making them feel very bad about themselves. They will be bullied either directly by someone or through an indirect way. I have seen a huge correlation between academic achievement and self harm. If there is a sense that you are doing very poorly in school or not keeping up with others expectations of you this can make you feel very bad about yourself. I have seen that students with learning difficulties very often don't feel they are good enough in school. There can be a huge pressure that builds up. There is a great fictional example of this in the book Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling. Parminder Jawanda is in a very high achieving family and as a culture educational achievement is given a huge priority and status. As she is dyslexic and misunderstood in the family she never feels that she comes up to the mark. This in itself would probably not be enough for her to resort to self harming but as she is being anonymously cyber bullied it's all too much! She doesn't have a way to express all that is happening to her and so she finds control in cutting the pain away. I have seen many examples where people self harm because they don't feel they come up to other peoples mark or expectations coupled with an inability to express what is happening in their world. 

If we go back to one of my earlier questions - why is there a tendency for groups of students to self harm in the same schools? Well one of the correlations that I have seen is that schools that are not seen as centers of excellence but would like to be higher on the league tables put their students under enormous pressure to achieve academically. Schools that are consistently doing well have an expectation but it's almost taken for granted that a certain type of student is going to do very well. So there is often not the same pressure as a whole on the class. Schools from disadvantaged areas unfortunately often behave as if they don't have any great expectations. So schools that are middle ground and striving to be better are the ones where students often feel under huge pressure - I have even seen this from the time of the entrance exams. In these schools I have seen pockets of self harm. It's like it is a way to alleviate the pressure cooker effect and yes of course when one person does it then others follow.

So in summary - understanding that these actions are about control and expression is vital. There is always a trigger for poor self image which is key. In the case of eating disorders this can be hard to trace back as it is a very internal bench mark of self image that the person has created for themselves. With self harming the self image is created externally by someone else making us feel like we are not good enough or causing us to feel a pain that we need to get out of our systems.

Finally the key to all of this is expression. Being able to unravel the triggers. When you can truly create your own self image and feel good about yourself you will no longer have the need to cause yourself pain in any way. This is the process I have taken many people through.

 

Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly, Expression Developist.™

 


Introduction

Welcome to the Confidence Club

One step closer to fulfilling a personal dream of mine - "to make school a happier, creative, more successful and enjoyable place for all students, regardless of their differences"... Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly

There is always a balance between making long term changes in education and supporting those people currently in the system!

One of the many reasons why Students attending The Homework Club become so successful is because of the awareness they have of their own Potential, Personality and Learning Style and how these effect their own educational success. Every Student at The Homework Club is set-up to work to their best abilities within the environment through an initial interview.

The Confidence Club now offers this service to everybody, especially those restricted through distance and who aren't able to attend our classes at The Homework Club.

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