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Responding to Sadness

Responding to Sadness

"The Uses of Sadness: why feeling sad is no reason not to be happy".  Karen Masman built her presentation around her original model for navigating sadness: the seven-phase cycle of ‘soulful melancholy’ published in her book, ‘The Uses of Sadness’ (Allen and Unwin, Sydney, March 2009).

This presentation considers the following questions:

  • What are the gifts of sadness? 
  • Do we have enough words in our language to describe and value the nuances of sadness?
  • As a society, how comfortable are we with the emotion of sadness, and are we over-medicalising it?
  • How can we learn to navigate sad times more skillfully? 
  • What part does sadness play in learning how to be happy?
  • What are the differences between sadness and depression?
  • Sadness is often accompanied by a feeling of longing or yearning—perhaps the most misunderstood of human experiences.
  • What is lost by misunderstanding it so extensively?

 

Speakers: Karen Masman
Conference: Demo