Psychology of Relationships





"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed."― C.G. Jung. We spend much of our lives in the company of others, yet rarely do we give a great deal of thought to the science behind our relationships. In this course, we explore the fundamental nature of our relations: how the ties we form with others come to be, continue to grow and, in some cases, dissolve. We will further investigate what effects our relationships hold on our daily lives. This course will take an academic rather than therapeutic approach. We will explore concepts from biological, social and cognitive bases within a framework of psychology and neuroscience. You will also gain pragmatic tools to apply the current research to help maintain, improve and repair the ties in your own life. Topics will include the building blocks of relationships; the self in relationships; attachment; social cognition; conflict and communication; interdependency; and attraction, love and sexuality.