Chew Valley U3A Psychology Groups
There are two Psychology groups in the Chew Valley U3A, the Morning Group and the Afternoon Group. The Afternoon Group has been going since our U3A started, and the Morning Group started because the original one had a waiting list. The style of the groups is open, friendly, focused, connected and fun.
Here are our ground rules, which give an idea of what we are about:
The purpose of each group is to learn more about psychology for our interest and enjoyment and in order to understand ourselves and others better. If we choose, being a group member offers us the opportunity to use the learning to become more fully ‘what we may be’.
We achieve our purpose through reading high quality books about psychology and discussing what we read. We are not a therapy group, but being in the group can, in itself, enrich our lives, through new insights and through the experience we share.
To flourish, the group needs members who contribute – and this can be by their quiet presence, or through what they say. In order to help members make contributions, here are some agreed ground rules.
Group members are expected to:
Read the agreed part of the book in advance of the meeting, unless there are insuperable impediments to their doing so.
Make contributions which are relevant to the material agreed for the meeting.
Introduce personal stories, if they wish, where they are relevant and reasonably succinct.
Respect people when they wish to be silent, or speak less, while welcoming their contributions when they make them.
Respect the group when they speak, by asking themselves whether they are taking an appropriate and fair amount of time.
Offer others deep listening and respect.
Respect the confidentiality of any personal material people may share, and not discuss this material with those people themselves or others outside the group setting. Personal material remains ‘owned’ by the person themselves.
Over the years we have studied many books and they have all given us a lot of insights and understanding. We have, among many others, looked at understanding personality difference, non-violent communication, the power of habits in our lives and what we can do about it, understanding what it means for someone to flourish, and we have particularly valued understanding Transactional Analysis. This is an accessible way to understand ourselves, how we became who we are, how we relate to others, and where we have choice to change. Currently we are talking together about a book called “The Power of Meaning” by Emily Esfahani Smith.
If you would like to join a psychology group please send enquiry to Jocelyn Ryder-Smith via the “Contact” page.