On Friday, 30th October, Dr Renu Narchal gave the students of Lady Sri Ram College an enriching talk on attachment. The college, she shared, was a nostalgia-filled place of many memories; prior to migrating to Australia in 2000 (where she is presently a part of the faculty of the University of Western Sydney) she had worked for fifteen years at LSR.
After a brief introduction, Dr Narchal began by asking about the extent to which all students present were familiar with the concept of attachment. Mindful of the different levels of all present (which included students from the University of Western Sydney), she started by explaining the basic concepts of the topic. This established a strong base that helped throughout the rest of the presentation.
The projector available in the Lower Seminar Room was made good use of, with a simple yet engaging PowerPoint presentation and video supplementing Dr Narchal’s lecture. She discussed a wide variety of sub-topics, ranging from the types of attachment to basic theories and classic experiments on the topic.
Dr Narchal encouraged the students to ask questions and share their experiences throughout the talk, and conducted a simple activity where she asked those present to write down all the emotions they had felt during some recent incident—and how many of these emotions had they been able to share with a caregiver. It was an enlightening exercise; this, along with the overall interactive nature of the talk, helped relax the atmosphere even more into something that was warm, comfortable, and conducive to sharing and introspection.
Towards the end, Dr Narchal brought up differences between Indian and Australian societies on the same universal topic. This comparison within the cultural context was especially interesting, since both groups of students present—Indian and Australian—were able to relate to one of the sides and appreciate the differences of the other. It made the whole topic feel much more relevant than theories on paper ever could.
Everything learned that day was directly applicable to real life. The talk provided insights into personal experiences, and enabled students to look at their own behaviours and experiences in a new light—as well showing them a way to improve relationships and understand emotions better. It was the essence of what psychology, to a large extent, aims to achieve—understanding and insight into one’s own life and behaviour, and ways to bring about positive changes in the same.
Scheduled to end at 4 pm, the talk ended up running late, with everyone getting caught up and carried away (but with such an interesting subject, who can be blamed?). It was well-attended and appreciated—by both the women of LSR as well as students from the University of Western Sydney—and we all look forward to being able to interact with Dr Narchal and her students again at some point in the (hopefully-not-too-distant) future.
Reported By – Tarang Kaur
Photo Credits – Aarti Polavarapu