Do you buy or collect things you don’t need and then have trouble getting rid of them? You are not alone. Australia is the ninth largest contributor...

Too Much Stuff? Discover the Science of Letting Go

Location:

The Great Hall, Level 5, Tower Building
2007 NSW
Australia

Venue:
Vivid Ideas Exchange, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
Price:
From: $20.00
Too Much Stuff? Discover the Science of Letting Go
Too Much Stuff? Discover the Science of Letting Go

Speakers

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Melissa Norberg

Clinical psychologist and Associate Professor Melissa Norberg is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University and the National President of the Australian Association of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy. She is an expert in compulsive buying and hoarding disorder, and has an interest in helping the general public reduce overconsumption.

Event Details

Do you buy or collect things you don’t need and then have trouble getting rid of them? You are not alone. Australia is the ninth largest contributor of household waste per capita in the world, spending over $10.5 billion annually on goods and services that are never or rarely used. We currently need 4.5 Earths to support Australia’s level of consumption.

Contributing to household waste is our emotional attachment to possessions. Acquiring and saving tendencies exist on a continuum: only a few items may spark joy for some people, but for others, thousands of items will excite them and draw them close.

Does the idea of minimalism intrigue you or do you dream of de-cluttering, but just can’t seem to get started? This science-based talk and workshop will help you to understand why you may find it hard to resist acquiring and letting go of possessions you do not need. After learning why possessions are so irresistible, you'll be guided through practical tips on how to take charge of your shopping habits and on how to declutter sustainably and effectively.

To participate, bring up to five possessions that you are having trouble parting with despite knowing that you don't need them to live. Participate in a science-based process to learn how to let go. During the workshop, place your objects in either waste, recycling, or donation bins. Walk away with more confidence in managing your shopping and discarding behaviours.

Proudly supported by Macquarie University's Centre for Emotional Health and Inspiring Australia, NSW.

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