Know Yourself in a Day

Price - £249

A One Day Festival on Emotional Intelligence

Self Knowledge is often what stands between us and greater fulfillment: between a relationship that will bring us joy, a job that motivates us each morning, or a wiser approach to an recurring problem. In fact, when asked about the key to wisdom, the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates responded with just two words: ‘know thyself.’

While we all have some ideas about who we are, the knowledge we have is often patchy, and we have few opportunities to be guided in reflecting on our personality traits. This day long festival of ideas, exercises and interactive sessions will help us to explore what truly interests, motivates and excites us, as well as what lies behind some of our most important fears, anxieties, and private sorrows. We’ll have the chance to learn the best ideas in history related to emotional intelligence, to reflect individually on how these connect to our own life, and to discuss and share our thoughts and learnings with others through interactive exercises.

In the morning of the event, we’ll consider the problem of knowing our own minds, as well as some solutions for self-knowledge. We’ll then learn some ways to learn more about ourselves (and others) through good conversation. In the afternoon, we’ll consider our aspirations and come to understand them better through the lens of failure. And finally, we’ll consider the meaning of life and where the meaning lies for us individually.

At our one-day festival you will not be taught in entirely standard ways. The experts on stage don’t merely lecture to a passive audience; they invite almost continuous interaction, inviting participants to look inside themselves, to complete a variety of psychological exercises and to share their stories with others.

Our one-day festival is highly interactive, with mixed lecture and exercises. You’ll be asked to reflect deeply, to complete a variety of psychological exercises, and to share your stories with others. There will be films, pieces of music, and visual prompts to stimulate the mind and provide examples of the topics under discussion. In addition, there will be social breaks where we will be guided to discussion on meaningful topics in smaller groups. It is impossible to leave without making at least one friend.

Know Yourself in a Day is ideal for anyone looking to spend a focussed, yet social day exploring and understanding themselves in one of The School of Life’s four cornerstone topic areas: Self.

The day will include:

  • A rich programme drawing from the key insights across our core curriculum

  • A learning experience combining lectures, films, music, psychological exercises and continuous audience participation

  • A keynote session with founder Alain de Botton exploring how we can grow our emotional intelligence and increase our self-knowledge

  • A branded TSOL bag including emotionally intelligent gifts from our retail offering

  • Lunch, coffee, and a drinks reception

  • An opportunity to make new friends in a community of like-minded individuals

Please note that this event includes materials drawn from the best of our Curriculum, including the following classes: How to Develop Self-Knowledge, How to be Sociable, How to Fail, and the Meaning of Life. 

TIMETABLE - Subject to change

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09.30     Arrival and registration

10.30     The problem of our minds, self-knowledge, sociability

13.00     Lunch

14.00     Failure

15.15     Coffee break

15.45     Meaning & happiness

17.00     Drinks reception

19.00     Day Ends

Know Yourself in a Day

Sat 3rd Nov 2018 (09.30)
Bush House South East Wing Strand London WC2B 4PA
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