Episode 62: Brian Riches and Heroism Research

Ari and Matt are joined by Brian Riches from Claremont College. Brian is part of ongoing research in the positive psychology field that’s focusing on heroism.

Links to Brian’s research can be found here: http://heroposterippa2013.weebly.com/index.html and http://heroposterippa2013.weebly.com/priming-the-heroic-imagination.html

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  1. I have just been lookng at the Brian Riches Report and the beginning of the Hero School report. Very inspiring. I was so glad to come across this just as I have been teaching a hero unit in my own program. I am trying to be brief here and I know I will not succeed… After showing the film Hotel Rwanda to a class of grade 11 students many of whom have various learning challenges I noticed a slight shift in the atmosphere of the class from various expressions of negativity to more empathy and openness. I decided to show another film about a hero – Norma Rae. It was a bit outside of their teen experience, but many were moved. They started asking questions to better understand the stories. I then embraced the hero theme more strongly and wanted a different kind of hero – someone who had to overcome personal issues to move along on their hero’s journey – The King’s Speech. With each film I captured the interest of a few more of the students. Along side I gave them an article about a Canadian hero in a wheel chair, Rick Hanson. They really responded to discussions of the film in terms of the hero theme. It gave them an anchor to talk about if they agreed that the person was a hero, what they did that was heroic and the transformative effect of having to stand up and fight for something. Just to say, I think it is valuable to provide these examples of true stories of people who have succeeded in overcoming obstacles and taken risks in challenging situations. The students always repeatedly asked if these were based on true stories. I think the medium of film with its ability to reach us at an emotional and sensory level also brings these stories home to young people and, to use a cliche, the stories seem to open their hearts. I am sure that I am not the only teacher to experience this, but just to add my own experience.

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