Existentialism, Neuroscience & Emotional Intelligence: A full day of talks exploring the fascinating psychology of human emotions.
Does changing how you think about an emotion, change the way you feel it? How?
How can you use the latest research into the neuroscience of emotions to make better decisions about the big choices in life?
What happens, psychologically, when you suppress your emotions?
These are just some of the questions the speakers will explore at The Weekend University this month.
In this series of talks, we’ll discuss:
- The Existential Meaning of Emotions; how to make connections between your sensations, feelings, thoughts, intuitions, and most deeply held values
- The History of Human Emotions; how the stories you tell yourself about your emotions influences how you feel them, and how these stories are shaped not just by your personal circumstances, but by larger political, cultural and economic forces
- The Neuroscience of Emotional Intelligence; the real nature and importance of emotions, what happens in the brain when you experience them, and how to let them guide you into making the best choices for you.
Ahead of the event, each speaker has recommended some books to help attendees prepare for their lectures.
In this post, we cover their top picks.
The Existential Meaning of Emotions – Professor Emmy van Deurzen, PhD
Emmy van Deurzen is a philosopher, counselling psychologist and existential psychotherapist. She has founded and directed a number of training organizations and continues to be the Principal of the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at the Existential Academy in London. She is a visiting professor with Middlesex University.
Amongst her 17 books are the bestsellers Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice (3d edition 2012), Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (Sage, 2009) and Everyday Mysteries (2nd edition Routledge, 2010).
The second edition of Paradox and Passion in Psychotherapy appeared with Wiley in 2015. Her most recent publication is Existential Therapy: Distinctive Features, co-authored with Claire Arnold-Baker in 2018. This year will see the publication of the Wiley World Handbook for Existential Therapy, of which she is the Editor in Chief.
- Everyday Mysteries – Emmy van Deurzen
- Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness – Emmy van Deurzen
- Existential Therapy: Distinctive Features – Emmy van Deurzen & Claire Arnold Baker
The History of Human Emotions – Dr Tiffany Watt Smith, PhD
Tiffany Watt Smith is the author of The Book of Human Emotions, which tells the stories of 154 feelings from around the world. It has been published in 9 countries so far. She is currently a Wellcome Trust research fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University of London, and she was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and London. Her most recent publication: Schadenfreude, explores the psychology of finding joy in another’s misfortune.
Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, the BBC News Magazine and The New Scientist. In 2014, she was named a BBC New Generation Thinker. In her previous career, she was a theatre director.
- How Emotions are Made, The Secret Life of the Brain – Lisa Feldman Barrett
- Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation in Tears – Thomas Dixon
- The History of Emotions: An Introduction – Jan Plamper
- The Book of Human Emotions – Tiffany Watt Smith
The Neuroscience of Emotional Intelligence – Dr Gabija Toleikyte, PhD
Dr Gabija Toleikyte is a neuroscientist and business coach. She completed her PhD at the University College London on the neuronal basis of memory and navigation. During her PhD, Gabija acquired a business coach qualification and worked as an internal coach at UCL for senior academics and administrative staff.
Combining coaching experience with neuroscience insights allows Gabija to develop unique seminars, where solid neuroscience research is presented in the context of the topics relevant for individuals and organisations.
- Anxious – Joseph Ledoux
- The Emotional Brain – Joseph Ledoux
- Descartes’ Error – Antonio Damasio
- Brain Rules – John Medina
For more information on the event and a full breakdown of the talks, please see the event page.