What is Love?
Dr Divine Charura - What is Love?
What are we without the joy and despair of love?
Part of Leeds International Festival
The love of power and its impact in dividing society starkly presents itself in our society today given the present political and social context. However, the essence of love in relation to what it means to be human raises different conversations and questions. These include for example: What is love? Is love a human concept only? How do you know when you are in love? What are the kinds of love we experience as humans? Is love healing? What is the psychological and neurobiological impacts of love?
This talk is inspired by a book co-edited by Dr Divine Charura [Love and Therapy; In relationship (Charura and Paul 2015)] and is a collection of papers by different psychologists and psychotherapists who in different ways explored a range of perspectives of love as they present in the therapy consultation room.
The essence of this talk is to explore what love is, in order to make a change not only to the human condition but also politically, and socially; Thus being in line with the view that the future of the planet will depend on those of us engaged in loving relationships who are trying to understand and deal with authentic-encounter and the interactions between human beings and in caring for our planet.
After his talk, Divine will have his book on the subject available for purchase.
Dr Divine Charura is a, chartered psychologist, counselling/practitioner psychologist, registered psychotherapist and author. He currently works as a Course Director for psychological therapies and mental health postgraduate courses at Leeds Beckett University. His two latest co-edited books are Love and Therapy: In relationship and The Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy Handbook: Origins, Developments and Current Applications.