An Evening on Lasting Love with Esther Perel

Esther Perel is a psychotherapist and best-selling author whose work questions the intersection of intimacy and sexuality in long-term relationships. Her 2006 book Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence was a groundbreaking examination of our cultural expectations around marriage and sex, which helped to encourage conversation about an often taboo topic: the loss of passion and excitement within a loving relationship.

She has become a world-leading advocate for couples therapy, using her hugely popular books, talks and podcast series – Where Should We Begin? – to highlight the difficulties and complications of monogamy. As she herself puts it, ‘Never have we expected more from our intimate relationships, and never have we crumbled under the weight of so many expectations.’

Esther will take a close look at the idea of a fulfilling relationship. Is it an achievable aim? What can we do to strengthen our relationships? And should we reconsider our attitude towards monogamy itself?

She will be joined on stage by The School of Life’s founder Alain de Botton, whose own writings on love take a philosophical look at the nature of intimacy.


19.00     Venue opens    
19.30     Talk begins        
20.40     Audience Q&A (times may vary)                     
21.30     Event ends

More about the speaker

Esther Perel

Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Esther Perel is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, she helms a private therapy practice in New York City and serves as an organisational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered nearly 20 million views and her international bestseller Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence is a global phenomenon translated into 24 languages. Her newest book is New York Times bestseller The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity (HarperCollins). Esther is also an executive producer and host of the popular Audible original podcast Where Should We Begin?

Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved | Esther Perel


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An Evening on Lasting Love with Esther Perel

Special Event
Tue 5th Jun 2018 (19.00)
Logan Hall, University College London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
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