Dr. Michael Hardiman Ph.D
Psychologist and Educator
PART OF THE PHILOSOPHY FOR LIVING SERIES
1. MAKING A GOOD SOCIETY
The Third Reich showed that one of the most educated, sophisticated and advanced societies in human history could turn into an enormous killing machine implementing mass murder on a vast scale that would have continued its murderous activity on an even greater level had it not been defeated militarily. This deathly process was enabled, supported and abetted by the citizenship of that country without which this mass evil could not have continued with such catastrophic results. Hannah Arendt shows that this evil was carried out in large part by those who “never decided to be good or bad”. This seminar shows that traditional understandings of morality are not helpful in understanding how ordinary decent citizens turn into a collaborators, and engage in a range of levels of evildoing. Rather, it shows that this form of evil is best understood as a malignant result of the fusion of mass banality and pernicious ideology. The seminar is "a call to arms" to not just to learn about mass evil but to acquire the resources to effectively confront it.
LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE
PART OF THE 'PHILOSOPHY FOR LIVING' SERIES
“The Unexamined Life is not worth Living”.
"LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE" is a very special evening course combining the insights of the great philosophers with the practical findings of modern psychology to deepen your awareness and support your personal development. All presented in a friendly and easy going manner.
Week 1. BECOMING YOUR BEST SELF
Do you ever ask the question "Who am I"? The difference between self-respect and self-esteem. How to build a healthy relationship with yourself. Understanding Narcissism and its spread in modern day society.
Week 2. EXPANDING YOUR FREEDOM
What are realistic expectations for change and what resources are required. Is it possible to design your own life? How to avoid making choices that lead to enslavement?
Week 3. LIVING WITH MEANING AND PURPOSE
What gives you a sense of meaning and purpose? What is the connection between your spirituality and having a sense of meaning in life? How to find or create that meaning.
Week 4. UNDERSTANDING GOOD AND EVIL
How can we understand the nature of evil in the world and what can we do to elevate and progress the good. Morality and Conscience. How do you relate to the shadow side of yourself.
Week 5. ENRICHING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS.
What does it mean to belong. How to make strong bonds of attachment to others without losing your own way. Implications for healthy relationships. The problem of Co-dependency.
Week 6. COPING WITH ADVERSITY AND SUFFERING
Necessary and Unnecessary Suffering. What to avoid and what to embrace. Grief, Loss, Trauma. The nature of healing and recovery.
Week 7. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Developing a personal philosophy of life based on reflections and influences of the great thinkers covered in the previous weeks.
Socrates, Plato, St. Augustine, Rousseau, Kierkegaard, Kant Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Arendt, Marcuse, Ortega, Fromm, Maslow, Erikson, Jung, Frankl, Bowlby, Foucault, and others.
Don't worry! It will be all presented in a digestible and straight forward manner.
Dates: To be confirmed
Venue. Menlo Park Hotel. Headford Rd. Galway
Time. 8pm to 10pm
Cost. 135 eu
Advance Booking is required as there are limited places and will be assigned on a first come first served basis.
Booking Deposit of 50 euro required.
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MICHAEL HARDIMAN Ph.D
I have worked in the fields of private counselling, training and development for over 30 years. I hold NUI accredited post-graduate degrees in both Counselling Psychology and in Philosophy and recently completed a Doctoral study in Philosophy on the subject of human evil. Elected Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development I also served two years on the national executive of the Irish Association of Addiction Counselling specializing in the long term effects of growing up with parental alcoholism. In addition to my private practice I present training seminars and workshops nationwide to family centres, third level institutions and to adult education services. I am the author of five books covering a wide range of topics related to personal growth,emotional healing, recovery and positive living.