Young People and the Curse of Ordinariness

Author(s) : Nick Luxmoore

Young People and the Curse of Ordinariness

Book Details

  • Publisher : Jessica Kingsley
  • Published : 2011
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 144
  • Category :
    Child and Adolescent Studies
  • Catalogue No : 30527
  • ISBN 13 : 9781849051859
  • ISBN 10 : 1849051852
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Again and again, young people return to the question, 'Am I the same as other people or am I different?' It's a difficult question to answer. Everyone knows that they're the same as other people in lots of ways yet they suspect that they might also be different. Or they want to be different...Or they accuse other people of being different...Or they get beaten up for being different...This book is about young people trying to find answers, or at least trying to live more comfortably with the question. Using dozens of recognisable vignettes, Luxmoore explores teen anxieties about ordinariness and extraordinariness that affect everything: their behaviour, their choices, their relationships, their happiness. He describes ways of working supportively and imaginatively with young people so that they can find some sort of balance, enjoy their lives and achieve all sorts of things without losing sight of the fact that - underneath everything and like everyone else - they're ordinary, and there's nothing wrong with that. This original and thought-provoking book will enable professionals in counselling, teaching and youth work to listen to young people who are struggling with these anxieties, and to really understand what they mean when they ask 'Am I normal?'.

About the Author(s)

Nick Luxmoore is a school counsellor, trainer, teacher, youth worker and UKCP registered Psychodrama psychotherapist. He has over 35 years' experience of work with young people and with the professionals who support them. He is the author of several books including School Counsellors Working with Young People and Staff: A Whole-School Approach, Working with Anger and Young People and Feeling Like Crap: Young People and the Meaning of Self-Esteem. He currently works as the Counsellor at King Alfred's Academy, Wantage, UK.

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