What we're about
Upcoming events (1)
The recent 'Leaving Neverland' documentary shared the experiences of two men who were claim they were befriended and then abused by Michael Jackson when they were boys. Following this, a number of radio stations removed Jackson's back-catalog from their playlists and The Simpsons withdrew their episode featuring the now deceased pop star. This raises many questions, including 'can we enjoy the music of a person who has been accused of doing wrong?' For some people, their affiliation with Jackson may be due to songs connected with childhood memories rather acceptance of his actions. Other recent public figures discredited following sexual abuse include the high profile cases of Rolf Harris, Jimmy Saville and George Pell. Although not 'artists' per se, they may have been seen by others as having a positive impact on the world despite the horrendous crimes that they were late found to have committed. Join us at this month's café when we'll be considering if we can separate art from the artist. About the Café Café Psychologique began in Leeds, UK in 2011. The café is a space for a conversation held once per month. Each time, a new person will provide discussion starters, and people bring along whatever issue they want to discuss and explore. Café Psychologique can discuss a variety of topics concerned with living today ranging from feminism, consciousness, love, creativity, consumerism, and the like. Where is it? Café Psychologique meets 7.00 PM – 9.00 PM on the last Wednesday of each month (apart from in December). The café is held at The Horse Hotel, 381 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 Facilitator Café Psychologique in Sydney is hosted by Steve Mayers & Emma Agnew whose aim is to provide a space for people to connect through conversation and consider issues related to psychology in a public and accessible way. Steve & Emma are UK trained clinical psychologists. Steve was a member of the Leeds café and recently set up the successful Liverpool (UK) branch of café psychologique: https://www.goodnewsliverpool.co.uk/2017/09/13/friendly-cafe-where-talk-is-cheap-in-fact-its-free/ How does it work? Steve and Emma will be at the café each month to kick things off. Each time they will be joined by one or more people who will pose some questions and start the conversation. There are no long presentations. Rather, the conversation is driven by the participants, and the areas they want to discuss based on the theme of that particular meeting. People are free to talk about what they want, the facilitators role is to enable exploration and discovery. RULES There are a few rules that help the conversation to flow well. 1. Everyone can talk in Café Psychologique. There will be no lectures, and this is about creating a conversation, so at some point in the evening, do try and make sure you say something in the whole group. Even if it's just to say you're not sure what to say... 2. All points of view are valid. Whatever you say is valid. It may be 'wrong', in others' opinion. But it is valid to say it. Whatever it is. 3. One person talks at a time. Some topics make people feel very passionate and it can sometimes be hard to allow one person to speak at a time but it makes for much better conversation. 4. Use statements not questions. As I said, we are here to have a conversation, not to listen what a professional has to say, so as much as you can, say what you think, and particularly speak from your experience if you can, not just from your knowledge. Sometimes when you feel the urge to ask a question to a person, maybe think, what is my perspective on this? What do I want to say? 5. It is your agenda. The conversation can go wherever you want it to. You can raise whatever issue you want to. In the end, the one guaranteed way to have your point raised, is to say it. Come along and join in the conversation!