A full day of talks exploring how psychology can help you uncover a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
What would you rather have: a happy life or a meaningful life?
In surveys, most people list happiness as their top value, and self-help books and life coaches make up part of a multibillion-dollar industry.
But should happiness really be the only goal that motivates us?
Recent research has found that the pursuit of happiness alone can negatively affect our well-being, and people who highly value it report feeling lonelier on a daily basis.
By contrast, a growing body of evidence is indicating that the pursuit of meaning leads to a deeper and more lasting form of well-being.
Indeed, participants in a study who had pursued meaning said they felt more “enriched,” “inspired,” and “part of something greater than myself.” They also reported fewer negative moods.
But how do you build meaning?
In this series of talks, we’ll explore the science and psychology of meaning. We’ll discuss evidence-based ways human beings build meaningful, purposeful and fulfilling lives. Many people considering careers in human services can find the course useful as an introduction to the topic.
- How existential psychology can help you uncover a sense of meaning and purpose in life
- Carl Jung’s Search for Meaning, individuation and how Jungian psychology can help you grow as an individual, become more authentic and create a life of purpose
- How to use the latest scientific research to overcome ‘capitalist life syndrome’ and live a meaningful life in an era of scepticism and continuous stress from the economic ratrace.
You’ll leave with a clear understanding of how these ideas can help you create more meaning and purpose in your own life, and also how to help others do the same.
The format will be similar to a TED event, but with in-depth lectures and focused on the psychology of Meaning.
- 10:00am – 12:00pm: Session 1
- 12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch break
- 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Session 2
- 3:00pm – 3:15pm: Afternoon break
- 3:15pm – 5:00pm: Session 3
- 5:20pm – 7:00pm: Attendee Social & Networking (Optional)