Divergent Movie Demystified for Real World by Doctor’s Psychological Profiling

Divergent is making waves in popular culture with the release of part one of the hollywood movie trilogy inspired by Veronica Roth’s books.  This follows the mammoth success of The Hunger Games starring academy award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence.

There are two main themes in Divergent.  The first is that it is bad and possibly even fatal to fit into more than one aptitude.  The second major theme relates to growing away from your parents. 

In Divergent’s futuristic world it is seen as threatening to fit into more than one faction made up of five temperaments which are selfless, peaceful, honest, brave and knowledgeable.  It is difficult to compare this directly to personality theory as it is generally regarded that there are in fact sixteen types of people in the real world.

However, this does compare to our four defined learning styles which are the ways that people take in information from the world.  Our four categories of psychological profiling methods include auditory, visual, practical and kinesthetic.

All of the students we work with that do not fit in a box and struggle in school have what we call multiplicity.  This means, like in Divergent, they have all four aptitudes.  They are quite often overwhelmed by the amount of information they absorb from all environments.  Multiplicity is what people commonly see as “clever” and “intelligent.”  All of our ideas of cleverness and intelligence come from people who can absorb ideas quickly and have a multitude of interests.  This is where we break away from the norm.

Multiplicity is drilled out of children in school by age fifteen.  Only a very small percentage of the older students we meet have still retained their natural multiplicity.  They are quite often seen as “freaks.”  Some of them were very heavily medicated before working with us for just having too much energy or being too “distracted.”

In the film Divergent the main character takes an aptitude test at the age of sixteen.  This is true to school life.  There have been some pretty hilarious conversations within our team about what they were told at sixteen.  The Senior D.N.A. Geneticist on our team was told at sixteen that he would never be any good a science.

This brings us to the second main theme in the film and the challenges the main character experiences when she realizes that she cannot follow her family.  She does not easily fit into their faction and this is a real life experience for many of our students.  Children really struggle when in their teenage years they appear to have nothing in common with their family and parents don’t understand them.

In many cases the students we work with have just simply skipped a generation in aptitudes and personality.  It is quite often revealed that they are much more like their grandparents and great grandparents.  A mother or father can feel that their children have nothing in common with them and this can also be the case in partnerships where there are children from different relationships.

We work with adult clients in the business world in their late thirties too who had struggled to find their path in life.  Having attempted the career path of their parents they have not fitted in.  They quite often do not feel any real support or understanding from home about who they really are.

The good news is that it is perfectly alright to be divergent and movies like this can only help to shine a positive light on psychological profiling and our ongoing research in the area of personality types and achievement.  Anyone who works in personality theory does so because they have an overwhelming desire to help people find out who they really are and wish to help them to succeed.


Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly & Marie O'Riordan


Business People & Students Have More in Common Than You Think

You may be under the impression that there is not a lot in common between business people and students.  So, compare a 10-year-old dyslexic student who has specific failing points in school to a company about to close.  One of the first things they have in common is that they feel blocked in and the world is telling them everything they are doing wrong.  They both have lousy reports, feel like they are running out of time and they appear to be putting in huge amounts of effort for very little results.

Now compare a 13-year-old student enjoying new life experiences and demands to a business also having a sudden growth spurt.  The teenager is suddenly part of a much bigger organization of sorts.  They have many skills to learn and new teachers to understand.  We can easily compare this to a business that has abruptly grown with new employees, new products, new research and a lot more people to manage.

Also compare a 15-year-old exam student who has done great and is heading for the final stages of school to a multi million dollar project that needs a very targeted strategy.  You are swiftly deciding what skills you need for your career, which subjects you are going to take forward and how you are going to get there.  With a multi million dollar project you are effectively making all of the same decisions.

You could start to compare a 17-year-old exam student’s overwhelming workload and study schedule to a company that dramatically finds itself in the media spotlight in a positive manner.  Both can quite easily start to hyper ventilate and panic.  We have worked with companies whose telephone lines melted down under the strain and staff were not able to get an available line out of their offices for over a week.

At this stage we wish to point out why life coaching is a waste of time.  Life coaching does not work, cram schools are a waste of money and 99% of private tuition is a very short term solution.  Continuity is vital to sustainability and you must pick up the juggling balls and be prepared to help directly long term when needed, not just at the start.

We profile the elements that matter and create methods around them.  Like how people tick, what they need now and how they need it.  But what is more vital is the strategy that goes with it.  We work with a cross section of people aged from 18 month old toddlers to 72 year olds.  They are from hundreds of different backgrounds worldwide, stages in life and business varieties.

We are strange in that we take on clients for life.  It is very rewarding to start working with people when they are 10 and now I am introducing them to their first real world business internships at 16.  Our stories are no less dramatic in the business world.  When we have gone in to restructure companies that were about to close the doors we still support their growth several years later.  They got out of the red but went through growing pains and we are still needed as a safety net.

Many people say things like “with success comes new challenges and with age comes new issues” but life coaching, cram schools and most private tuition is just short term crisis management that never sticks around long enough to help long term.

Much of our success is down to developing methods that allow us to profile people. Take the 5-year-old with language development issues, the 15-year-old with asperger’s syndrome and the 45-year-old’s business and family issues.  In all of these types of cases we get sonic speed results because we focus on what they need right there and then.  There’s a development path so it is a combination of understanding timescales and our Purple Success™ methods.

Here is a limitation that we have found with traditional education system teachers around the world.  All of our team have been on specific career paths so they can actually write a letter of introduction for a job or a course for a student but most teachers have never done this and most career guidance teachers do not actually have business careers.  Also, schools do not teach goals and goal setting and you are not going anywhere unless you have a goal to achieve.  The real golden nugget is to continually set new goals.


Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly & Marie O'Riordan


Leonardo Da Vinci appeared to suffer from ADHD – how much more could he have achieved in his lifetime?

Leonardo Da Vinci appears to display all the traits of having had ADHD. For me having this condition is an effect of so much happening below the surface and Da Vinci demonstrates this better for me than many of the modern people who are rolled out as examples to others.

It is long thought that Da Vinci was dyslexic, especially with the examples of his mirrored writing. His note books have proven a challenging task in fact for any historian trying to document his work - in one sense he seems highly visual and creative - there is no other inventor that left as much of a paper trail behind but on the other hand they prove very difficult to read because of there presentation. Something many a teacher will sympathize with correcting a dyslexics paper!

But what I feel is much more interesting is the diversity of Leonardo Da Vinci's interests. I have long seen and proven the correlation between what I call multiplicity and ADHD. Multiplicity is the ability to take in information in a multiple of ways - Visual, Practical, Auditory and Kinesthetic - no wonder people with ADHD seem to have overload - jump around and get distracted easily. Da Vinci was very obviously Visual, Practical and Auditory - the Kinesthetic is hard to see as you need to know more about someone on an emotional level. He was drawn to representing characters and dwelled on the faces of the characters in his paintings - his portraits were very emotional which gives us a clue that he was kinesthetic. Mona Lisa's smile has captured the hearts of so many millions of people over the decades and even spent time in Napoleon's bedroom!

But the above would explain why he jumped around for project to project - did have prolonged periods of concentration and focus on topics he was interested in - can be described as a painter, sculptert, engineer, strategist, philosopher, writer, inventor and on and on... Many of my ADHD students show such diverse talents and interests. In fact I'm working with one 15 year old at present that I see as a Da Vinci type!

The Flip side of this of course is that Da Vinci became distraced easily - jumped from project to project. Didn't complete many commissions - created a great bigger picture but didn't focus on the details, like for example the long term lasting effects of the painting durability of the new technique he developed to paint the Sistine Chapel so he could paint slower and obsess over the faces for certain characters in the painting.

Leonardo Da Vinci only completed 25 paintings in his lifetime as a result of the random nature of his life. Many of his ideas where not built or created until hundreds of years after his death - such as his bridges or his famous bronze horse. Some of this can be put down to being far ahead of his time but in other cases I see great similarities between the students and adult clients we work with in Confidence Club and The Forever Method. Many of our clients seem to have the same "self-destruct button" that prevented Da Vinci from developing more of his ideas into reality. I meet many students who either focus too much on small details of interests or jump randomly to the next fad or interest. Their work will often be presented in as erratic a nature as the hundreds of notebooks Da Vinci left behind - interestingly he always wanted his notebooks to be published. We so enjoy taking people with these extreme levels of information overload and creativity to their true potential. Da Vinci is someone I would have loved to have had the opportunity to have worked with!


Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly   Expression Developist™



Dyslexic Book Club Part 4: The Film Issue

So welcome back after the summer. I have been taking the time to read some fiction over the summer. One of the ways it is really easy to get dyslexic teenagers reading more difficult books is to introduce books that they have already seen the films of. This is also the best way to get through that brick that you have been set for school exams! And yes the teacher will tell you not to watch the film as it will be different from the book but it is a great way to get over the initial hurdle of reading it and you can learn how to do the comparison study by knowing what it different from the book and the film!

One Day by David Nicholls is a clever book that will appeal to students who like dates and diaries as it is set very much around time and the passing of the years! A single day every year and the changes to each others lives.

Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda is a great way to get students into international fiction as it is originally translated from French - A very French style story with lots of character development and ways to really develop your understanding of people and their relationships. I think this is the first translated book I read which got me on to many after! It would be great to combine with a french lesson class too...

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is an interesting mix of adventure, life turning events and an interesting portrait of old age all set around a circus! Who hasn't wanted to run away with a circus! 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett shows why it can't always be easy to write a book - sometimes you really have to stick your neck out to talk about the world you see around you and what's wrong with it!


Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg is one of the earliest books I remember reading and I have read it many times since - I don't think you can get a better recommendation of a book if you can re-read it again and again over 15 years... A very easy book to read and again one that fixes itself around dates.

Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller is the other side of school - what the teachers get up too! It was so much easier to read this book after I saw the film.


Until next issue happy reading for all but especially all those Dyslexic Teenagers out there who have out grown baby books!

Dr. Naoisé Expression Developist™


Expression the Real Intelligence, Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly Expression Developist™

Oxford & Cambridge revisited, along with the Charles Dickens Museum London as I talk about my new book. It's been an amazing journey so far in the writing.




ADHD Treatment

I was delighted that the kindle version of the ADHD book I'm part of was launched last week in the US - according to them I'm one of the experts with proven results they searched the planet for!

Link to kindle book on Amazon

Dyslexic BookClub Part 3 – In time for Easter

So I guess I'm no different than other dyslexics as in I read slowly! Hence the realistic gaps between BookClub posts! But I do read loads of books at the same time - I'm also continually meeting dyslexic teenagers who haven't found something they would like to read. This was my first main purpose in starting this blog, to help dyslexic teenagers to keep reading! It can be very difficult when you reach 15 to find a genre that appeals and especially as a dyslexic because many adult books are too dense - I know only too well the challenges of going into a book shop and finding a book amongst the vast shelves of them! Many dyslexics because of the hereditary nature of the condition don't come from families of readers either which means there often isn't anyone to say try this... and the books picked on many school curriculum's don't help either as there shear size is terrifying and language is often outdated! 


So this BookClub selections are:

Animal farm by George Orwell believe it or not! It is a very easy read and I have found that it really appeals to introverts, boys equally like it and many students I work with who are diagnosed with Aspergers. It is a very simple book but I guess it has some deep meaning questions that appeal to deep thinkers ... It really questions how systems in society work. It can often be hard to find books that appeal to boys as well as girls and this one fits the bill. It also has the added bonus for a dyslexic reader - it's short!

Next up in the same generation is Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. Again surprisingly Capote is very easy to read - much easier than F. Scott Fitzgerald which is on many school courses. 


Capote has a much simpler style! This is a girls book but I have found for the boys, again particularly students with Aspergers they really enjoy a slightly more morbid read such as In Cold Blood.


Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín is a really enjoyable read - I read it very quickly and it is one of the easier reads I have had set in 1950's Ireland and America. This is more a teenage girls book and really gives a sense of what it was like to travel to work in America as such a vast place coming from Ireland - but it also shows just how small the communities were for the people who moved. It seemed like everyone back home still had a connection to your life despite being across the Atlantic! You can take the Irish out of the country but do you take the Irish out of the person and the gossiping nature? This book should be on a school course as there are many themes and it is still an easy read!


To finish up this BookClub I'm going to include another book that I often recommend to the students I meet - it is a coming of age book set Swansea, Submarine by Joe Dunyhorne.

I think it is a book that can appeal to both genders and I often recommend it to boys. It has the most fantastic one liners and I found it had great humour around somevery embarrassing topics for teenagers. The film is fantastic too and the soundtrack was recorded by Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys - you can't get trendier than that!

Happy Reading,

Dr. Naoisé

Expression Developist



Purple Profiling™ & My Business Hat

It might seem odd to combine Business and Education but then I'm not your typical educationalist - in fact that is why I had to devise a new term and genre, Expression Developist™. 

For me success is all held in the key to being able to be the best of yourself and express the person you truly wish to be!

Recently someone told me that,

"When I speak with you I feel that you are looking into my soul and it is so liberating."

The important point for me here is not just that I can see people's true potential inside but that it is ok for me to do this. People feel safe and trust that there will be no judgement of their crazy ideas and dreams. I have been told repeatedly by clients that "you give me permission to be myself" and recently in the pub when I was asked what I do and groaned... a friend stepped in and described what I do for me .. I hate the question "what do you do?" I was described as having "an aerial view brian" that can see where everyone is, the best thing they should be doing and how to go about doing it.

This is why we can together to blow it out of the water with The Forever Method. We combine our expertise, mine being how people tick to have them excel in as short a time as possible! For me this is why I can combine my work in Purple Profiling with the genius of The Forever Method because both are results driven and get those amazing results in the shortest timescale humanly manageable! For me it doesn't matter if I am working with an 18 month old small person or a 72 year old big person. The end result is the same - for them to truly Express themselves to Success!

Some of our resent success stories and media coverage are below

David did 6 figures in 7 days to beat entire 2012 in just a week after Marie & Dr. Naoisé of The Forever Method


CBS Money Watch also featured Our Client David & Us after His financial success in just 7 days with The Forever Method

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Working with Clients who are older than you


Across My 4 different educational and business identities I work with Clients or Students from the ages 5 to well into their 70's. Recently I have been giving some thoughts to both the patterns of behaviour and pivotal moments in everyone's lives. You might find it starange that I can predict the pivatol moments in advance for many studnets or even know when their personalities will have truely developed so they will decide what they really want from life and what people they will choose to have in their lives, sometimes 10 or 20 years in advance of when I'm meeting them - it is joked that I am an oracle!

But another side of this for me is the fact that with Marie O'Riordan, The Forever Method, as we work together many times we work with business Clients across a whole spectrum of backgrounds, cultures, and ages we very regularly work with Clients much older than either of us. We are both in our 30's and yet here we are working with people who are traditionally seen at retirement age. How is this possible? There is that well know phrase you "can't teach an old dog new tricks". But it's not about new tricks, sometimes it is about reminding people about the tricks they can already do, the tricks they have forgotten or the tricks they always aspired to have and that maybe got lost in the day to day monotony of life. I have noticed a new wave of life and patterns in society in recent years and even recently a friend was talking about the older generation in their lives and how they have seen the same new wave. With divorce in western society has come a new generation of people who start their lives over again in their 40's and 50's and even 60's. It's like a second rebirth. One of the great benefits of working with two 30 year olds is that they still have that optimism for life. Everything is possible. You can be whatever you want to be and you become the people you hang out with. If you work with younger mentors they see you as fresh, not old. They ask you about all the dreams you had when you were 30 and why you didn't fulfil them. Now you have a second chance to do this. In short we can work with people older than us as we can make them remember what we have forgotten! In terms of what I believe, I feel everything in the world revolves around expression. What I am most interested in is making people express their dreams and desires for life. Interestingly I have attracted many older dyslexic business people in the same way as I attract them as students in my other projects.

Dr. Naoisé Expression Developist



Who bullied me most in school?

I'm now 36 and I remember school like it was yesterday. Everyone has a school story and for this reason even though I hated school I now work in education passionately to change it for the better. For everyone.

I spent most of my time between 5 to 7 standing outside the classroom because as a profound dyslexic I could not write or read at all. One day having stood outside the class all day I was sent to the head teacher as I had pointed out that I then couldn't do the homework. As I had not been in class all day whatever hope had I anyway. I had chairs thrown at me ... I was Isolated at a desk on my own with 2 feet all round so I couldn't communicate with anyone to ask for help as my teacher realised I had one friend in the class who would spell for me on the quiet. No one else in the whole class ever spoke to me.

Then there was the endless humiliation of the spelling tests ...

At 7 I was told by a teacher in front of the whole class having struggled to read a story aloud that "I was too stupid to be in the school and should be in the school down the road for the mentally retarded".

I was moved to a new school. The whole time I so excelled at maths I could do the 6th class maths in 1st class. In the new school I was motivated to finally do well by an amazing teacher who saved my life. I had him for two wonderful years. Then it took a wobble with the next teacher as I was now on the road to doing everything brilliantly, when I asked what I had done wrong in a test I was mocked in front of the whole class for being an annoying perfectionist. Somehow I had the strength to ignore this blip and keep going.

In that year of that school I was also accused of doing something I didn't and had my honesty questioned in front of the whole class till I had melt down again and the equally amazing head came in and sorted it all out and I was never picked on again. I left that school to read my first book.

On my first day of secondary school I had to defend my right to stay in mainstream English class. There was no way in this world I was going to "veggie" English! I had decided I was going to university and I was aware I needed honours English for my course. I was staying. But it was a humiliating battle that took place in front of the whole class and set the tone for my next six years.

By my final year in school the same remedial teacher met the department of education official to tell them I didn't deserve support as I didn't have a "real problem", I had done too well in school in all honours subjects including English. She discussed my "case" openly with me in the school corridor for all to hear.

At the same time when I was desperately looking for someone to read my exam papers to me, my other teachers were openly humiliating me in class for my writing, spelling, reading and most ridiculously not correcting my mock papers because I hadn't spelt their names right. I was stopped in the corridor in front of other students to complain about how hard it was to correct my exams.

Then there are all the teachers who continually for 6 years made me read out loud in class - what's in paragraph  blah Naoisé? I didn't know what page we were on never mind where we were on the page! I had panic attacks in certain classes for years.  Teachers asked me to read off the board and then spoke to me in pigeon English when I got it wrong.

The gap, transition year was the worst as every day was new and I never knew what was waiting at school for me. I had to read Shakespeare aloud amongst other awfulness and everyone had so much more time on their hands to bully me.

I'd love to say it's all different now but my students are always surprised I understand them so well - I see the humiliation in them like tattoos and many cry at our meetings as I'm the first person who has been able to understand then. It's overwhelming for them.

When will adults realise the importance of their behaviour? You set up how everyone else will treat that person, that child. Whatever you say and do in public sets the ground rules for the environment and what can and cannot be done to that person.

After my first day in English where I needed to defend my right to be in the same class as everyone else I spent years picking my books out of the bin in every class I went into, because I was rubbish. I spent years been used as target practice to have objects thrown at me repeatedly in the locker room. No one wanted to be my friend. Every table I went to sit at was "full" - and worse that I will not talk about. Teachers were often deaf, dumb and blind to what happened to me.

It's called respect. It's a two way process. You earn it. It's not assumed  and it doesn't correlate with your title or how many letters there are before or after your name.

The first thing I do with every new student I meet is to shake their hand.  They are my equal.

What you do in public sets the private behaviour FOREVER, not just that one moment in class.


Dr. Naoisé  Expression Developist™


Welcome to the Purple Learning Project.

The aim of the Purple Learning Project Foundation is to create a legacy of the methods which Dr Naoisé O’Reilly has developed since 2009.

The methods in learning and personality theory have been developed while working with people of a variety of ages, backgrounds, and cultures. The methods have been applied to the education, business and sporting environments. The ages are in the spectrum of 4 to 70's. The methods include: Purple Profiling, Purple Processing Scales, The Periodic Table of the Development of Results, Forget Phonics Reading Method, Purple Pre-School Success and so on...

There has always been a clear distinction for Dr Naosié in working with people who currently need help within the system and leaving behind something of integrity for the future generations.