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Anxiety is a natural part of life but for some, that creeping or explosive worrying, can make the day-to-day a challenge. Instead of thinking anxiety as a medical problem, there needs to be a greater appreciation of the other causes of it. This class will help you think about anxiety in a new way.

Hear a philosopher, a sociologist and a social work lecturer explore the condition. What role does the system play in ‘getting us down'? What about a bad relationship?  Can worrying maybe be a good thing sometimes? What does Sigmund Freud have to teach us about the condition?

The teachers:

DR PETER BANKI is an associate member of the Philosophy Research Initiative at the University of Western Sydney. He publishes and teaches in the fields of trauma studies, queer theory and German Romanticism. He is also the founder and director of the Sydney Festival of Death and Dying and the Sydney Festival of Really Good Sex

MICHAEL PUSEY coined the term "economic rationalism" in the early 90s with the publication of his book Economic Rationalism in Canberra: A Nation-Building State Changes its Mind.  He was also one of the first people to study happiness in Australia. The author of four books, many journal articles and other publications, he is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University.

DR EMMA TSERIS is a Lecturer in Social Work and Policy Studies at the University of Sydney, where her research and teaching work focuses on the socio-political aspects of mental health and illness. Emma is a contributor to the forthcoming collection, Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health

Hosted by JACKIE DENT, journalist and curator.

Please note: this is a philosophical and sociological discussion on anxiety. It is not about providing medical advice.

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Leela Centre

2nd/113-115 Oxford Street Darlinghurst Sydney 2010, Australia

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Jackie Dent
Clear Spot Club

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