How to flip the script on love

with Mandy Len Catron
Romantic love feels like one of those things that just should come naturally: we think that love will just happen to us one day. But what if love isn’t some elusive, mysterious force? In this course, you’ll explore the powerful myths about love that shape your romantic relationships. You’ll learn how to question your own assumptions, flip the script you’ve created for yourself and fashion a richer, more satisfying love story.
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What you’ll learn

Week 1

  • The stories that have shaped your views of love
  • Debunking love as an unknowable force: the “romantic mystique”
  • Definitions of romantic love
  • Comparing received stories to your own expectations for love

Week 2

  • The pitfalls of “falling” or being “overcome” by love
  • Claiming more agency in love
  • Immediate, simple ways to receive and give love
  • Making and responding to bids for attention

Week 3

  • Amatonormativity and its influence on your relationships
  • The evolution of marriage ideals and norms
  • Getting your needs met: intimacy and emotional support from multiple sources

Week 4

  • Debunking the myth of the soulmate
  • Comparing and combining destiny beliefs and growth beliefs
  • Creating intentional expectations for your relationships
  • Choosing who to love and how to practice loving well

What you’ll get

  • 1 welcome video
  • 3-4 video teaching segments/week (~60 minutes total)
  • 3-4 individual activities/week (14 total)
  • 1 virtual live event/week (attendance is optional)
  • Community discussions, polls and chat
  • Support from a TED Courses facilitator
  • Carefully curated related resources from TED
  • PDF course workbook
  • After the course, access to an archive of course videos, activities and curated resources

To get the most out of the course,

plan to spend at least one hour each week–longer, if you plan to explore the optional curated resources or join the virtual live event.

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About Mandy

Mandy Len Catron is the author of the critically-acclaimed essay collection How to Fall in Love with Anyone. The book was listed for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize and the Kobo Emerging Writer Award. Her writing can be found in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Rumpus, Catapult, and The Walrus as well as other newspapers, literary journals, and anthologies. Her essays and talks have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Mandy’s article “To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This” was one of the most popular articles published by The New York Times in 2015. Her two TEDx talks on romantic love have been viewed more than seven million times.

She is a faculty member in the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

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