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I Told God My Plans . . . A Research Memoir On Shame Associated With Academic Failure, Liana Elspeth Parks Apr 2019

I Told God My Plans . . . A Research Memoir On Shame Associated With Academic Failure, Liana Elspeth Parks

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This thesis looks at the role of shame in academic failure in order to shed light on a mostly ignored topic. The author brings a new angle to shame research by considering past literature on shame and fear of failure (FoF) alongside their own experience of failure in Nursing school. Society believes that shame is a negative experience but researchers find that shame can help in growth and maturity if the person experiencing it is willing to talk about it (Brown, 2012). Combined with FoF, shame leads to a self-perpetuating spiral of failure and shame (McGregor and Elliot, 2005). The ...


I, Stephen, Stephen Kurtz Newhall Apr 2018

I, Stephen, Stephen Kurtz Newhall

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I, Stephen is a memoir of the author’s time at basic training for the United States Navy. The primary theme explored through this piece is death as a metaphor for change, with smaller themes of relationships, perception versus reality, freedom versus security, and courage. The journey begins with the author’s first experience with near-death as an infant, then moving into his time in basic training which depicts the struggles with daily routines, interactions with officers, and physical ailments, ultimately leading to the author’s departure and eventual attendance at Concordia University – Portland. Through the creative process of this ...