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HOW TO MAKE LOVE LAST (IN ENGLISH) - Class

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Lychener Straße 7

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HOW TO MAKE LOVE LAST (IN ENGLISH) - Class

The arts heavily promote the idea that romantic love is time-limited; that it must naturally and inevitably end. We are often left wondering whether love is something we’re destined to fall out of or whether it could indeed be sustained over time.

This class suggests that long-term love is not an accident. It is the result of skills that can be learnt and practiced, rather than an emotional enthusiasm that spontaneously arises (and might then disappear) at the sight of another person. We examine skills around communication, compromise, tolerance, self-understanding and humour.

We consider how partners can learn to be together yet separate, and question whether we should seek to know our lover fully, or cultivate an appreciation of their occasional mystery and right to privacy. We practice the skills required to deepen connections, and look at ways to deal with conflict when communication breaks down.

Finally, we study the art of intelligent disappointment, and consider how dreams of bliss can in fact be the enemies of long-term love.

COURSE LEADER

During her studies of German Literature, Psychology, and Philosophy in Bonn, Munich, and at Stanford University Barbara v. Bechtolsheim explored the connections between art and literature on the one hand and an individual and collective search for meaning on the other. As a literary translator, as a journalist, and as a lecturer she believes in cultural production as a discourse about values. Thus, translating Alain de Botton´s two most recent books contributed to this endeavor. Over the last years, Creative Couples have been a focus of her research and seminars in which she examines their relationships and creativity in terms of personal growth.

TIMETABLE

18.40 - Welcome & drinks
19.00 - class commences
20.10 - break (times vary)
21.30 - class finishes

SPECIAL TICKET

Bring a friend! We offer a limited amount of Double Tickets for a reduced price of 29,50€ per person instead of 39,50€.

DISCOUNTS

We offer a discount to holders of a berlinpass, severly disabled people, apprentices and students with valid ID depending on availability. Please note that we will check your ID for proof of eligibility on arrival at event.

ABOUT CORE CLASSES

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

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