This month, Hope and Friendship: why we need them and how we find them introduced by Dr Nick Lalvani, Mental Health Recovery.
The world can be a tough place and maybe seems tougher than usual at the moment. That might be because of difficult personal circumstances – illness, bereavement, financial stress, pressure at work – or because headlines are dominated by Trump, Brexit, and Elections (and those are the relatively cheerful ones as compared to Syria, North Korea, climate change and global poverty).
So what will keep justifiable despair at bay; and if you believe that you do need to keep going how do you do that? Psychologists tend to agree that Hope and Friendship are two vital ingredients in helping people face and overcome difficulty, and find a way of keeping a sense of purpose and fulfillment. These seem crucial to happiness.
However, bad news and repeated setbacks militate against hope; and the powerful drive to blame and suspicion in difficult times might prompt us to withdraw from people. This café will explore how and why hope and friendship arise, often against the odds. We’ll also think about how to find hope and friendship when you feel like giving up.
Hosted by Chris Powell, Group Analyst.
Chat and think over a drink. Café Psychologique builds on the idea of the Café Scientifique movement and other Café such as Café Philosophique.