Although this blog is primarily about fashion and style, there’s another side to me and my image consulting business: psychology. While I’m in between my bachelors and masters degree (a perilous wasteland of cast-aside habits and learning) I try to attend as many lectures and school-type things as I can to keep me sharp and in the learning mode…plus, I love them!
So last night was a no-brainer: The existential society of Vancouver had Alfried Längle visit and lecture on Trauma from an existential viewpoint. I got tickets for myself and my parents, because I thought they’d be interested too. So we decided to make a night of it: we invited my sister to dinner in Yaletown since she lives downtown and we don’t get to see her nearly enough, then headed over to St. Paul’s for the lecture. There’s a secret basement lecture hall where these talks take place; it’s hard to find and requires building and elevator changes, and I get lost every time.
The lecture was 2 hours long almost, and wonderful. I first met Alfried in Vienna when we visited him at the centre for Existential analysis, which is also his home. The man is brilliant in a very quiet, gentle way; you can’t help but love him. He spoke of Viktor Frankl and his struggle to make meaning of the traumas he faced in the concentration camps in Nazi Germany, and about his own patients struggles. The night was a perfect mix of relaxing family time and learning: my two favourite things!
Blazer: Banana Republic Factory (old) / Maxi Dress: Asos thrifted / Scarf: thrifted / Clutch: Thrifted / Bracelet: consignment / Wedges: Wal Mart
If anyone is interested in attending any of these lectures, let me know! Tickets are free, and the info is priceless 🙂