Café Psychologique

Café Psychologique is a space to talk about life over a drink from a psychological perspective. It builds on the philosophy of Café Scientifique to take ideas out of universities, laboratories and clinics to make them accessible to people in everyday life. Like Café Scientifique there are trained professionals to provide a resource to the café, but no lectures or seminars. Instead, ideas are dropped into the group to stimulate thought and discussion.

Café Psychologique was created by Chris Powell and after two pilots at Greenbelt Arts festival the first ongoing UK Café Psychologique was set up in January 2011 at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. We meet monthly on the last Tuesday of the month, from 8 to 10 pm. A Café Psychologique was launched in January 2013 by Group Analysis North in Manchester and another in Wolverhampton in January 2014. The latest Café Psychologique started in Bournemouth in March 2014.

You can read the Café Rules here: Café Psychologique Rules

A list of previous subjects covered in the Café is here

Themes in the coming months:

Tuesday 29 November
Strictly Come Café: why people dance and how dance affects us. Dr Kay Radcliffe, Clinical Psychologist, plus special guest dancers

2017

Tuesday 31 January
Bucket Lists: whose list is it anyway? Terry McAndrew, Café Psychologiste

Tuesday 28 February
Why So Defensive? How much do we really need to protect ourselves? Dr Carol Martin, Clinical Psychologist

Tuesday 28 March
Art: what could it do for our thinking brains? Dr Rowan Bailey, Senior Lecturer and member of the Centre for Sculptural Thinking

Tuesday 25 April
To be confirmed

Tuesday 23 May
To be confirmed

Tuesday 20 June
To be confirmed

Tuesday 25 July
To be confirmed

Tuesday 26 September
To be confirmed

Tuesday 31 October
To be confirmed

Tuesday 28 November
To be confirmed

Chris is looking for other venues in the UK to set up more Café Psychologique events.


Cafe Psychologique news

Published 21/2/17   1:13PM

Why so defensive? How much do we really need to protect ourselves? Café Psychologique 28 February

Did you ever find yourself doing something without understanding why you have done it? Pretending something isn’t happening, being cross at someone who doesn’t deserve it, forgetting things we need […]

Published 27/1/17   10:30AM

Bucket Lists: whose list is it anyway? Café Psychologique, 31 January, 8 pm

‘Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.’ Francis Chan. At the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2015, President […]