How To Communicate In Love

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.


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

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'The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.'
― George Bernard Shaw


Myke Bartlett was born in Perth, and spent his first twenty years trying to escape. A trained journalist, Bartlett writes on politics, movies, pop culture and rock music for Australia’s best known cultural publications. His debut young adult novel Fire in the Sea won the 2011 Text Prize.


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 Communicate In Love


When and where:
  • Tuesday 22 August 2017 6 – 9.15pm,
  • Tuesday 10 October 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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