We invest so much in our intimate relationships, yet all too often find ourselves feeling unheard or misunderstood by those we love most. Traditional advice has centred on skills such as negotiation and diplomacy, but this approach alone may not be enough.
This class considers our individual 'communication styles', asks where they come from and analyses their successes and failures. We look at why we argue and how we can argue better, which means not necessarily 'winning' (relationships aren't games of chess), but gaining understanding and trust. We ask just how honest we should be with our partners, and how we can put more humanity into our interactions.
Whether you are in a romantic relationship or not, this session will reveal the importance of what is said and unsaid in any intimate exchange. From everyday interactions that mask our deeper needs to the most intractable disagreements, the class offers ideas on how to say what we truly mean, hear what’s really being said, and defuse resentments before they become catastrophic.
ABOUT CORE CLASSES
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
An Introduction to The School of Life
To get an idea of what to expect from classes, workshops and events in our classroom, watch this short film.