February 2020

on the 27th February session

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Another lively discussion among the seven who attended.

Initially a somewhat off-topic discussion ensued in which the viability of future meetings (with the need to fund weekly room hire) was discussed.

the-courage-to-be-disliked-199x269.jpgEventually we focused on the subject of the day, that of discussing some of the key concepts in the book "The courage to be disliked".

For one who has read the book, the benefits were reported to be significant ('life altering'). Instead of seeking to blame some past difficulty or trauma, the question as to what is the purpose of present behaviours or circumstances was revealing, and found to be exceedingly useful in understanding our present anxieties and discomfort.

A few real-life examples were shared, in which asking about the goal, or purpose of certain experiences (one example was that of regularly socializing with a 'friend' even though there was a sense of disquiet about doing so), revealed the true nature of the disquiet or angst, etc. Rather than simply operating on 'auto-pilot' and feeling uneasy, when we question the goal, or purpose of our behaviours, a great deal of insight can be gained. 

Report on discussion group session 20th Feb. 2020

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A lively discussion among the seven who attended.

After some of the key elements of the book (see link above) were aired, the discussion brought up the issue of past trauma and how it was often "locked" in the body, physiologically, below conscious awareness, and that the past trauma could be subconsciously driving present behaviour. It was said that the subconscious nature (of past trauma, etc), needed therapy sessions in order to uncover, or bring to light, those subconscious patters.

Kate Smorty for the 5th of March


Thursday, 5 March 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm


Event Type: 

ralph_waldo_emerson-1000.jpgKate Smorty will be giving a 20 minute presentation on Ralph Waldo Emerson, followed by a more lengthy round-table discussion about Emerson's beliefs, how they intersect with contemporary beliefs and understanding, etc.

From Wikipedia

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882)[5] was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Round-table discussion exploring "The Courage to be Disliked"


Thursday, 20 February 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm


Event Type: 

the-courage-to-be-disliked.jpgA round-table discussion1 exploring some, or many of the ideas in the book "The Courage to be Disliked".

Including the benefit of looking forward, exploring the meaning of our choices, rather than looking back into the past for the cause of present malaise, upset, difficulty etc.

Discussion of the practical benefits, and the effectiveness of teleology  -- "the study of the purpose of a given phenomenon, rather than its cause" as per the work of Alfred Adler, et al.

Some quotes from the book: