The Power of Purpose

17th Jan - 31st Jan

Since ancient times philosophers and psychiatrists from Aristotle to Viktor Frankl have debated about the importance of purpose. Many people struggle to find a sense of purpose, but did you know that having a strong sense of purpose can actually improve your physical and mental health, as well as your overall quality of life?

In this series of talks, we'll explore the concept of purpose and its powerful effects on our lives. We'll delve into the different levels of purpose, from personal to societal, and how it can drive us to achieve our goals and make a positive impact on the world.

But purpose isn't just about feeling fulfilled and satisfied. It's also tied to ethics and morality, we will delve into the fascinating intersection of purpose and philosophy, drawing on timeless wisdom to shed light on the human connection to purpose and it can also have a major impact on the business world. We'll explore the connection between purpose and profit, and how organisations are increasingly looking beyond the balance sheet to have a greater sense of purpose.

In this series we will bring together the worlds of science, philosophy, and business to better understand the human connection to purpose and how it shapes our lives.

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Dates17th Jan - 31st Jan
Talks structure30 minute lecture20 minute Q&A

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Philosophy & Religion
Psychology & Behaviour
Is purpose a superpower?

Psychologists say that a strong sense of purpose has very powerful mental and physical benefits. But what does purpose bring to our lives? How do you find purpose?  Read more

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Dr. Steve Taylor

Leeds Beckett University

Dr Steve Taylor is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University and the author of 14 books on psychology and spirituality.

He was recently the chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society. He has always been interested in the 'farther reaches of human nature' - human potential, personal and spiritual development, and higher states of consciousness. Dr Taylor says he is fascinated by the way that people grow and transform after crises and trauma, which is the subject of his most recent book Extraordinary Awakenings: When Trauma Leads to Transformation.

His books have been published in 20 languages, and he regularly appear sin the media in the UK, including on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5Live. His works extends to writing blog articles for Scientific American, The Conversation and Psychology Today. 

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