She only remembers the names of several classmates after two years of learning. Psychologists say Thanh is suffering ‘lecture hall shock’.
VietNamNet Bridge – Thanh always chooses a seat at a corner of the lecture hall and always leaves class as soon as lessons finish.
“60 percent of Vietnamese students are living with closed hearts,” Nguyen Anh Hong, MA, Lecturer of the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanity, said after conducting a survey.
“They are not naughty students who play truant from lessons. They go to class five days a week, but they do not know any classmates and the classmates do not know them,” Hong said
Thanh, the student, admitted that she has never participated in collective activities and she has always been absent at the class’ parties or festivals.
“I really want to communicate with people, but I can’t,” she said, adding that she has always been shy and timid since she was small.
Unlike Thanh, Le Van Duong, a student of the Post and Telecommunication Institute, had a very outgoing childhood. He was a popular, bubbly, class monitor when he was at high school. However, Thanh has changed since entering university
“He keeps his mouth closed. He only talks to a few close friends. He never expresses ideas in discussions. He never joins parties or picnics. He goes unnoticed in the the lecture hall,” Giang, a friend of Duong, said.
According to psychologists, the worrying problem is that there are many students like Giang and Duong who always try to stay hidden.
Pham Manh Ha, a lecturer at the HCM City National University, has labelled this phenomenon as ‘lecture hall shock’.
He said sudden changes in living environment, learning conditions and social relations have caused a ‘spiritual shock’ and a kind of autism to many students - especially students from the countryside.
The students do not feel self-confident enough to integrate into the new community. They decide to “close their hearts” and hide from others.
Ha points out that this way of living can be explained by “inborn characteristics” of Vietnamese people.
“Vietnamese people act for themselves rather than for the community. Therefore, they do not care for other people and are not interested in collective activities,” he said
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