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!Change of Venue! Mirror, mirror on the wall… (Tues 17th Nov)

September 1, 2009
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==Please note that due to Dick’s Bar closing suddenly and permanently, The Conversational’s Ideas Salons will be held at the exciting new location, The Bath House, right near Liverpool Street station. The Bath House is a quirky venue, being a restored former Victorian Turkish bath! Arrive early and have dinner from 6pm…menu to be uploaded soon==

The Conversational’s final Ideas Salon of 2009 is only two weeks away; don’t miss out! Come along to our free gathering in Soho on Tuesday 17th November.

‘Mirror Mirror’ is an opportunity for you to tell people a little about yourself, learn a bit about others, and consider how our perceptions of ourselves are formed.

One of the things we often take for granted is a sense of ourself as a single, coherent and never-changing person. Sometimes, though, it can feel like we are really several people, acting in different guises in different situations.

Does this mean our sense of self is an illusion, that we are really just a constantly changing set of identities with no real centre? Or is it just that we are all accomplished actors who keep the real ‘us’ just for ourselves?

We’ve had an excellent line up of guests this year, and our November salon will be no exception. Join University Lecturer, counsellor, supervisor and writer Clive Carswell for an exploration of what it means to be you!

Clive will talk from a psychoanalytical perspective about the role of mirroring from primary care givers in early childhood development and how a failure of this process leads to narcissistic injury and the development of a false self in order to meet the needs of others and prevent the annihilation of the true self.

It won’t all be intense analysis however – we’ve thrown in a bit of old fashioned childhood ‘show and tell’ to lighten the mood and break the ice. Bring along an object on the evening that gives people an insight into who you are (and don’t worry, we won’t make you stand in front of the class, at least not if you don’t want to).

See you there, at The Bath House, 7-8 Bishopsgate Churchyard
London EC2M 3TJ


If you’re coming from Liverpool Street station, take the exit that is *above* the tube station. Walk straight up Old Broad Street, and you’ll see it tucked away behind the buildings on your left. See pictures below so you know what you’re looking for – it’s mostly underground and you’ll enter through what looks like a small folly!

The Bathhouse


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2009 6:35 pm

    Sounds interesting – mind if I join you?

    • theconversational permalink*
      October 28, 2009 5:59 pm

      Hi Alex,
      Yes – please join us on the 17th!
      Michelle 🙂

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