Classes: Public Lectures in Logo-Philosophy (2016-17)
Monthly Saturday Morning Public Logo-Lectures are held in the Lantern Centre,
17 Synge Street, Dublin 8. (Free parking in Synge St., school, adjacent).
Cost per lecture: €25 (includes coffee, tea and biscuits).
CPD Points and Certificate of Completion are available upon request.
Titles of talks for 2016-17:
All the Logo-lectures draw on Stoicism, existential philosophy, and Franklian psychology.
They aim to be theoretical (philosophical) and therapeutic (practical).
Count Your Blessings: The Attitude of Gratitude (2016, Oct 8)
Gratitude is good for one’s mental health and spirit. The attitude of acknowledgement and appreciation leads to subjective well-being (happiness). Gratitude can act as a buffer to depression. There are serious benefits to keeping a ‘gratitude journal’. Ask yourself: what are you grateful for? What are the obstacles to gratitude? How do you become grateful and see life as a gift?
The Horror, the Horror: Fear-Factor (2016, Nov 12)
Fear makes real that which it fears. It occurs in the face of an expectant danger or perceived threat, precipitating the fight-flight-freeze response. What’s the difference between fear and anxiety, between fears and phobias? Is fear innate? What are the causes and cures of fear? What do people fear most? The future? Terrorist attacks? Death? Little Miss Muffet was scared away by a spider. FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real.
The Archaeology of Anger (2017, Jan 14)
What are the three types of anger talked about? What’s really lurking behind this emotion? What are the tips, set out by the Stoics, to tame one’s temper? How can we restrain our rage? How can we deal with anger in others? What is Marcus Aurelius’ anger-management programme, which can act as a therapy for the passions?
How to be Happy ... Not (2017, Feb 11)
Happiness should not be pursued, rather, it must ensue, exclaims Viktor Frankl. Why? And how can it be attained and what exactly is happiness? What’s the difference between pleasure, happiness and joy? Why we should stop looking for happiness and start looking for meaning.
Sources of Creativity (2017, March 11)
Creativity: the turning of imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity permits us to perceive the world in new ways. Rollo May and D.W. Winnicott are exemplary guides in delving into the dynamics of the creative process. The ‘Four C’ and ‘Five Phase’ models of creativity are explored, as well as the connection between creativity and the spiritual unconscious. Surely one can only be original on the basis of tradition?
Decisions, Decisions (2017, April 8)
Choices and decisions confront us daily. What are the rules governing good decision-making? How to discern rightly rather than to dither and procrastinate endlessly? And why do choices always make us anxious? (Sartre). We explore the five steps of the GOFER method and other models too in our resolve to act wisely and not to be hampered by Hamlet’s hesitancy.
The Enduring Power of Storytelling (2017, May 13)
In storytelling we shape and sculpt the self as we narrate the plot of our lives. We improvise and embellish in our attempts to interpret and make sense of our experiences and situation. Storytelling is therapeutic. Stories – be they legends or fables or fairytales – resolve conflict, open up spaces in our psyches, helping us to imagine otherwise. Why we need to tell children bedtime stories. What are the myths we live by?
Play & Humour (2017, June 10)
Humour makes us human and happy and keeps us humble. What are the three theories of humour? And what is the importance of play in humans? Play is something we take very seriously; we should do. It is the transitional space which leads to cultural experiences. Only in playing are we free to be truly creative.