PyschoSound Workshop

A workshop giving the opportunity to explore and control a variety of electronic sounds in a small group, with the help of accessible technology, to create pieces of music simply by moving. By pressing switch pads and breaking invisible beams, we will experiment with different combinations – maybe adding together a ticking clock, a melancholy violin and a powerful word, it all depends on who is there and what choices are made during the workshop. We can guarantee that the result will be unique, and hope that you will find the experience both thought provoking and enjoyable.

Followed by a group session exploring the motivations and inhibitions to creativity.
For more information go to http://www.psychosound.org.uk/

Carry on bullying

So many people appear to enjoy bullying that it appears that it will never stop. Of course it’s the bullies and the spectators who enjoy it but even so do some victims it would appear – given that it gains them some time on TV. Bullying has become a popular aspect of some TV programmes, Strictly Come Dancing, X Factor and Weakest link to name but three. In ‘Strictly’ and the X Factor the judges appear to take delight in harshly criticising the contestants for any errors they may make and it would seem the harsher the better – for the viewing figures that is. The judges appear to relish infamy as much as fame. Those starry-eyed but lacking in real talent entrants to X Factor make excellent targets for ridicule and harsh criticism for their ineptitudes – some having been chosen for the very role of the butt of criticism that they are innocently performing. Anne Robinson takes great delight in criticising contestants in The Weakest Link whether it’s for their appearance, dress, occupation, belief or whatever. The sad thing is the contestants gladly take part so that they can get close to, and possibly share some ‘banter’, with the programmes dominatrix. They just love being ridiculed.

Some may say that ‘it’s just harmless fun’. But is it? Is it alright for individuals to put themselves in the position of ‘victim’ of TV celebrities? Is it just ‘a bit of fun’? Is it just ‘friendly banter’ which is of no significance or consequence? It may not end when the programme ends either. It could be that the jibes and torments continue when the luckless victims go home to their families or get back to work.

There would appear to be no real ‘victims’ as these victims have volunteered. These contestants haven’t been forced to enter – they’ve volunteered! Perhaps it is an indication of the ignominy some are prepared to suffer for the sake of their fifteen minutes of fame. However, perhaps there are those within the audience and viewers who are adversely affected. What message is given to the bullies who watch the programmes? Does it imply that bullying is OK? Is it possible that some viewers may be unable to differentiate between ‘banter’ and cruel comment? Where is the line drawn between the two? Is it the same for everyone? Do such programmes do anything to enhance the way members of a society view and/or respect each other? What message(s) do such programmes offer young and immature viewers? Is it just ‘good fun’ or is it bullying?

The car won’t start – kick it!

How many of us have been tempted to do just that? If not kick it at least get annoyed and shout at it; as with the computer which appears to have a mind of its own. We get angry with ‘objects’. We blame them for not working properly – ‘it’s the car’s fault for making me late for work’. ‘It’s the computer’s fault for taking up my time unnecessarily’. Is it? What can we do about it? In other words what is our responsibility when we are challenged in this way? Does a kick, or a shout, improve the situation? Only perhaps in venting some pent up emotion. The question then is – does the apparent reason for our anger warrant such intensity of feeling or are there other reasons? Perhaps instead of ‘blaming’ we need to understand why the car won’t start or the computer is taking its time to do what we would like it to do. We may then discover we need to get it fixed. If we can’t do it ourself we can get a mechanic to look at the car and a computer technician to look at the computer i.e. we can get in an expert.

Perhaps we could consider what our responsibility to the situation is. Have we had the car regularly serviced? Were we expecting the computer to respond more quickly than it was able? Have we overloaded it? Were we wanting the car, or the computer, to change? How unreasonable is that? Perhaps we need to check out whether or not the source of the anger really is the object towards which we are expressing it, or is there perhaps another source which is currently unknown? Both the car and the computer are inanimate objects. Perhaps we can appreciate that and understand that we may therefore have unrealistic expectations which would suggest that we need to change – not the car or the computer.

What if we behave in the same manner towards our partner, other members of our family, friends, colleagues or bosses? How often have we thought ‘if only s/he were different I wouldn’t feel like this’? What we are wishing/wanting is for the ‘other’ to change. We have, therefore, expectations of the ‘other’ and how likely are they to be fulfilled? How much would we like to shout or even kick them to make them change so that they understand us? After all ‘it’s not my fault’! We are not responsible for the feelings of others and conversely neither are they for ours. Perhaps it is we who need to change and, when we do, it seems to have a magical effect. Either the other person appears to change too or, because we are now in a different place, we see them in a different light. Perhaps it’s time to seek some external assistance to achieve this?

If you wish to read more on Object Relations go http://www.objectrelations.org/orkey.htm