Skip to main content

Proof positive that fixating on ‘anxiety’ won’t fix things

My school asked staff to identify six positive character traits that we felt would benefit pupils and teachers – and they now inform everything we do, to the benefit of all

Magazine article image

As a society, we have become very good at identifying a pupil’s issues and then labelling them. “Anxiety” is one example of this. I don’t think that I’ve ever heard so many children and adults say that they feel “anxious” about an aspect of their lives.

Continually identifying anxieties shines a spotlight on them and can actually amplify them; it rarely makes them go away. That’s according to so-called “positive” psychologists, such as Martin Seligman.

Positive psychology focuses on the potential and strengths of a person, rather than on identifying problems and how to fix them, as ...

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.

Subscribe now