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Training workshop about feminine practice with money

Appointed to professionals interested in working with groups of women

Even though many women have access to money, economic independence has not been guarantee of autonomy. In everyday practice, there are still many obstacles that influence relations and limit personal spontaneity.

The proposal is to participate in a Trainig Workshop appointed to porfessionals interested in coordinating their own Reflection Workshops about these matters.

Success and its ghosts.

Success in our society, as well as money, is one of the matters that form part of the social expectancies but, at the same time, to discuss about it is avoided. Everybody seems to know “what is all about” when the discussion is about success but a few can explain its contents. And even less about the contradictions it awakens and the fears it generates.

Social proposals for success do not have apparently the same meaning for women and men. Nor do the ghosts seem the same and even less the social conditioning and the symbolic supports.

For some women, success is a desired experience but unsuitable for their gender, whilst for some men it is a compulsory mandate that can become a condemnation.

Success implies dangers, which nobody talks about, however, they contribute to root temerarious attitudes in men that are not positively seen for women. Trapped by a success proposal that is not questioned, many people –mostly men- put their mental and physical health in danger. Trapped by fearing competence and abandonment, many women that seek success eagerly present difficulties to get access, tolerate and enjoy most of the traditional success indicators: prestige, authority, money and power.

As far as success is concerned, it is often difficult to distinguish unhealthy fears from a proper perception of real dangers. In part, this is because the subject itself escapes critical reflection not only of the internalised social myths but the personal unconscious representations as well.

All is intended to develop reflection on personal experience that could favour social and personal exploration on the subject.

30-YEAR-OLD WOMEN

Young women, yesterday, fought to obtain liberties they did not have. Young women, today, are usually burdened by exercising those liberties. Satisfying working development ambitions, enjoying affection and cater for their family needs require the implementation of totally new strategies.

30-year-old women are invited to discuss on this problematic, to share these matters, to widen their point of view and possible alternatives.

NEGOTIATION

Daily life develops through negotiations that take place not only at commercial level but at personal and affective levels as well. Within these circumstances, people submit, negotiate and impose. Negotiation is not usually well considered. It is full of myths and taboos that generate internal violence, and it is the reason why people submit desirable spaces – even legitimate rights- to avoid it.

There are some people capable of negotiating in behalf of others but unable to do it for themselves. Others cannot experiment it as game of interchange but as a war where their lives are at risk. There are even people of proved intelligence and experienced in public activities (commerce, business, trade unions, politics, etc.) that usually find it difficult to apply what they have learned about negotiation at sophisticated courses.

All the above said makes us suspect that theoretical learning on negotiation do not suffice because most of the obstacles are subjective and often unconscious. The aim is to unveil the affective interferences and the crisscrossing of social myths that frequently interfere to negotiate satisfactorily, and to seek within the group the clue subject for autonomy and own development.

THE NEGOTIATION “CLOSEST POINT” – Mysteries and drawbacks of women autonomy.

The objective is to generate a space for personal reflection to get deep into the complexities presented by daily negotiation practices for a big number of women so as to favour concrete changes in attitudes.

Matters dealt with are as follows:

  • Taboos, myths and ghost: generated by gender socializing.
  • Ethics for negotiation.
  • Negotiation objectives for daily life: times for living and spaces for growing up. Usual “feminine” options.
  • Subordinated submitting and strategic submitting: coincidences and differences.
  • Non-negotiable patriarchal traditions and alternative proposals.
  • The “closest point” in negotiation: personal requirements to negotiate and subjective impediments derived from gender socialization.
  • Central hypothesis within negotiation-gender relation.
  • Altruism as a patriarchal bastion and solidarity as a future possibility of understanding and love between genders.

APPROACHING CHANGES

Changes are an unavoidable condition for human beings and they are of different kind: desired changes that are stimulating, non desired changes that awake old ghosts,

imposed changes that work against our relative human freedom, and also those traumatic changes that paralyse our understanding.

Human beings seem to be scarcely prepared to accept the transformations these changes bring about, and frequently devote enormous amounts of energy trying to hold them back (or deny their existence) instead of preparing themselves to find out the way to be enlightened by them.

We know that changes provoke inner mobilizations that are disturbing but, at the same time, they offer new opportunities. However, the impact surpasses very often the predictable aspects arousing old ghosts and/or paralysing fears.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss these changes to find out and/or to build better subjective strategies to approach them.

 

 

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