How To Choose A Partner

Looks, humour, kindness, reliability, intelligence; these are some of the qualities that we instinctively search for in a partner. The modern age promises us limitless possibilities. But in reality our choices are often heavily restricted, and far less under our conscious control than we might like to think.

This class explores the key influences that affect the decisions we make about love. Placing partner choice in its cultural context, we trace our personal histories, and discover how our attachment styles determine who we're attracted to - and who we attract. We also consider what we are looking for in a partner, the crucial steps we need to take to make our search more effective, and ways to move towards commitment – or not.

The class helps us to be clearer about our emotional options and the reasons why we might have made less than satisfactory choices in the past.


18.00    Welcome & Class commences
19.45    Break (times vary)
21.15    Class finishes

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'When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.'
– Mark Twain


Pierz Newton-John is a writer, web developer and former psychotherapist. His critically acclaimed short story collection Fault Lines, exploring themes of masculinity, alienation and relationship fracture in contemporary Australia, was published by Spineless Wonders in March 2012. 


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 and group activity and conversation.  Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.

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How To Choose A Partner


When and where:
  • Tuesday 5 September 2017 6 – 9.15pm,
    The School of Life, 669 Bourke St Melbourne VIC 3000


Full price: $80.00
Concession: $70.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original class date.

For ticketing and box office enquiries please call 0434 492 669 or email

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