How Necessary Is A Relationship

How Necessary Is A Relationship

Most of us would agree that while love can make us happier, it can also make us more miserable than almost anything else. Is it really worth it? Do we need romantic relationships in order to lead happy and fulfilled lives? Are there times when it’s better for us to be on our own?

 There are arguments that strongly favour a single lifestyle: fewer sacrifices, an absence of compromise, a capacity to explore hedonistic urges to the full. However, others would counter that there are fundamental lessons in maturity to be learnt from adjusting ourselves to the distinctive individuality of another person. For its part, society is unhelpful in this area, rigidly equating normality with a pattern of marriage and children.

 This class travels across the wisdom of centuries to uncover what ideas philosophy, psychoanalysis, literature and art might be able to offer us in deciding for ourselves how we might best resolve the dilemmas of our emotional attachments.


Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity.  Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.


This class is part of our EQ Certificate Programme. For more information about how to enrol at The School of Life please click here


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I am surprised by the huge age range (20 –70) and even more so by the fact that around half the participants are men. Using a mixture of cultural, biological and social references including classical Greek philosophy as a starting- point, we discuss the pros and cons of singledom and coupledom and how we can take the necessities of both (solitude and space/ a sense of belonging and love) and bring them into our lives.

 - The Times

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