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Motivational Meeting: The Psychology of Normalcy and Emotional Sado-Masochism

What does our society consider “normal” and what is “abnormal”? And how do these concepts affect our relationships?

In his book The Sane Society, Erich Fromm coined the term “the pathology of normalcy.” His brilliant analysis reveals that most people are to some degree sado-masochistic. This means that, when they are position of strength, they are emotionally cruel and domineering, and when they are in the position of weakness, they are self-denying and submissive.

Fromm’s thesis is based on a widespread psychological reality. This Meetup discussion, which will focus on understanding the fascinating process of emotional sado-masochism, can better enable us to reduce tension in ourselves and others and create an atmosphere of harmony and love.

Come and participate in our humanist motivational meetings, held on the third Friday of each month. Gain good feelings and new insights, while making new friends.

Led by Joseph B. David, Humanist Counselor and group facilitator. He has conducted many hundreds of interactive dialogical groups in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East, given hundreds of lectures on the philosophy and sociology of humanism, and is a professional member of the Association for Humanistic Psychology.

Followed by socializing and light refreshments. A suggested contribution of $7 will help cover expenses. A program of the Humanist Foundation.

For more information, email or call[masked]-5662.

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    • Alyson Ben D.

      Hello Jay, How good of you to share the links to these two classics: The Sane Society and the Art of Loving, both by Erich Fromm. Thank you! Alyson

      May 18, 2013

  • Alyson Ben D.

    Hello Linda,
    I'm sorry if you didn't see the comment I posted on Thursday--and that I posted it only the day before the event. We have been holding all of our monthly meetups at the 4th Universalist Society, and in recent months, we been using a ground-floor meeting room. Unfortunately, we learned only last Tuesday that for the May meetup we'd need to gather in a room on the lower level, which is not wheelchair accessible. (As I noted several months ago, the building is undergoing extensive interior construction, which limits the availability of ground-floor space.) I'll be posting the discussion topic for our June 21 Meetup closer to that date, and will try and get more advance information about wheelchair accessibility. Alyson

    May 18, 2013

  • Linda

    I would have enjoyed this discussion but the organizer never responded to my query about the wheelchair accessibility of the location. I found that to be rude and offensive.

    May 17, 2013

  • Jay

    May 17, 2013

  • Linda

    I would enjoy this discussion and am expecting that there will be wheelchair access; but I do to know.....

    May 10, 2013

    • Alyson Ben D.

      Hi, Linda,

      May 16, 2013

    • Alyson Ben D.

      Hi Linda, the 4th Universalist Society has a number of classrooms available. For probably the last six months, our Meetups have all been on the ground floor. I regret that we've been informed that THIS MONTH, we will have to gather in room on the lower level, which is not wheelchair accessible. I really hope that will not be the case next time you want to attend. Our next meeting will be on June 21. I'll be posting the discussion topic closer to that date. Cheers, Alyson

      May 16, 2013

  • Arnie

    Not sure if I'll be able to make it but will try,

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have my son that night, hope to make next one

    May 12, 2013

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