The importance and realities of high school reunions

Most people want to forget the mistakes they made as teenagers, the self-conscious emotions that resulted from hormonal changes and social pressures. However, class reunions could trigger those old insecurities, years later.

Dr Helgo Schomer, speaking to Redi Tlhabi, said most people avoid their school reunions because no one wants to be labelled a failure or be judged.

Reunions evoke amazing emotions inside of us because it’s a check-out period. We are social creatures and reunion is the time to produce our own soapie.

Dr Helgo Schomer, resident psychologist

Dr Schomer said most people go to reunions because they are curious of what their peers have achieved or even to gloat about their own achievements.

Reunions are markers of time. Reunions are about reconnecting, a celebration of failures and achievements

Dr Helgo Schomer, resident psychologist

He further said that no one should be forced into attending a reunion if they were bullied and have traumatising memories of their school days.

The adolescent years are the most powerful and emotional, most of us would like to hide from reunions.

Dr Helgo Schomer, resident psychologist

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