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