The Sacredness of Individuality in Boys and Young Men

Leader: Robert C. Dykstra
ELECTIVE B: Wednesday 4/25; 1:30- 3:00 PM
ELECTIVE D: Thursday 4/26; 2:30- 4:00 PM 

Drawing from the work of psychologist William James and psychotherapist Adam Phillips, this elective examines the role of introspection in countering experiences of shame, self-loathing, and melancholia—states of “total conviction”—in boys and young men. This elective will hold James’s work against the backdrop of the workshop leader’s own youthful struggles, encouraging youth workers to assist boys and young men, against considerable odds, in practicing more generous self-acceptance as their path to greater tolerance of the idiosyncrasies of others.