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 Assunto da Mensagem: Mental heath problems and Prima Donnas in academia
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A paper authored by a group of researchers from Belgium, Italy, Netherlands and China published on the journal Research Policy discloses results from a study conducted over 2600 PhD students concluding that one-in-two experience psychological distress, and that one-in-three are at risk of experiencing a psychiatric disorder, either over the short or long-term http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048733317300422 They say that supervisors who fail to inspire PhD students are one of the reasons for such mental conditions. Still they seem to have forgotten to study the influence of a different kind of supervisor, the ones that not only lack any mentor ability but that are even experts in the humiliation business https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/prima-donna-professors-lambasted-for-failure-to-mentor/418152.article Of course is true that such Prima Donnas are not the only who must be accountable because its rather obvious that those who were forged in a culture of winning have little empathy and little patience to worry about the mental health problems of the weakest links of the teams they lead. It is those that led universities to pursue corporate like profitable agendas and who forgot that in the business of making money there are only place for winners and that all the rest, the losers, are just a side effect that bears equal responsibility in this problem. Just because a society that rely in universities that live by the tribal motto only VICTORY matters (only champions are to be awarded) is a sick and futureless one.http://forum.bolseiros.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=7056

Alice Dreger recently wrote about the need to stop the commercial drive of academia. http://www.chronicle.com/article/Take-Back-the-Ivory-Tower/241304 but she failed to mention that universities must also change to be a harsh environment for Prima Donnas, including even those proudly owners of research factories that lead highly profitable research lines and whose ambition and personal characteristics are more appropriate to the private sector. Universities must change to welcome the mentally restless, to give peace of mind to all the Stefan Grim´s, Will Moore´s, Francis Dolan´s and to all the anonymous academic suicidal, to those that were unable to stand the pressure they were put by the Wilkins proxies of this world whose name forever will be in the wall of shame of academic wrong doings and cowardice.


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