Why You Are Who You Are

Why You Are Who You Are

We assume our identities first and foremost because of our families. Family is what confers our sense of self, gives us our first idea of belonging, and tutors us – for good or ill – in how to relate to others.

We are meant to love our families and be loved by them, but the reality is, of course, a great deal more complicated.

This is a class that teaches us to understand what emotional baggage we have inherited from our families, what patterns of love we have learnt from them, and what ideas about self-expression, sex or happiness we may have unwittingly picked up.

Growing up properly involves fathoming where we have come from, in order that we can then decide what parts of our emotional legacy we'd like to accept or move on from.

The class helps us to probe our own family's distinctive eccentricities and to see family life as a script which we can re-write in fresher and more liberating ways.


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

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