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Neuroscience of Difficult Conversations

  • House of Togetherness Ltd 14-16 Betterton Street London United Kingdom (map)
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With Niraj Naik

In a world of ever increasing polarisation and division, how can we learn to have more productive and generative conversations? In this workshop, we'll outline the neuroscience and psychology of conflict and polarisation, and explore how we can use techniques from mindfulness, breathwork and counselling to hack our physiology to have better conversations with those we disagree with.

After delivering this popular talk to a packed crowd in the Togetherness tent at Wilderness Festival, we're now bringing it to the House of Togetherness in the heart of London.

Drawing on the wisdom of some of the leading figures in the psychology and physiology of trauma, including Dr. Peter Levine and Dr Stephen Porges, we'll explore how our nervous systems vacillate from an open, curious mode where we're receptive to one another and new information - into a closed, defensive mode where we double down on our own position. We'll look at the work of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt to learn the neuroscience of morality, and how it relates to our difficulty in truly understanding one another. We'll also explore what research into mindfulness can tell us about how to navigate a difficult conversation, and learn some simple techniques that allow us to take control of our own responses and enter a new kind of dialogue.

Join us for a light-hearted, experiential evening packed with insight to kick off Rebel Wisdom's autumn events series.

Check out Rebel Wisdom’s latest film 'The Science and Psychology of Polarisation' to learn more about this topic

Venue information

We're trying to do our bit for the planet and no longer use disposable cups for our events. Please bring a refillable water bottle or coffee cup for drinks. Alternatively we have reusable cups you can purchase from our tuck shop.

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