The lecture was held on 7th September at the conference lead by Dr. Zareena Anandharaman, a mental health social worker in Australia. It was an interactive session where she began with familiarizing us with her personal background by providing a slide exclusively of her family picture. The speaker began with a self hypnosis activity that got the audience engaged and explained that unconscious mind also caries cellular memory, bio memory and social memory. She touched upon how we humans are connected with each other and how important is interaction among us. She spoke widely about problems that are prevalent among adolescents connecting it with parenting and other social interactions. She spoke about how parenting, over parenting and under parenting, can affect the adolescent’s development. She highlighted on the individual differences among adolescents and what may be the problem one person may not be the same with others. She quoted an example of her adolescent clients in Australia who were of approximately the same age group having different problems when during an interaction with each other were amused by the other person’s problem and were able to resolve their own to some extent.
Among most of the families she said the parents and the children with their expectations in comparison with other families are searching for a person who is not there rather than the person they have with them. She also added that in order to attain any goal it is very important for us in each family to enjoy the process while the goal would be thus attained. She shared with us some of her research findings such as how water can attain energy when exposed to gayathri mantra and how Indian customs such as offering water to visitors before anything holds its own significance. She debriefed on “Rice experiment” as how kind gestures, talks and warmth in providing love can keep even boiled rice healthier than usual and awarded those who volunteered to try out the experiment at home. The lecture ended with opening the session to questions and discussion. The students were benefitted with deep learning about adolescents from the lecture.