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Romance: Bringing Love and Sex Together

Ellen Kenner, Edwin A. Locke

Presented at: OCON 2006

Date: Jun 30, 2006

This course is based primarily on two chapters from the authors’ forthcoming book, Love That’s Here to Stay.

"How to Love Your Soul Mate" focuses on how to make your present romantic relationship thrive. According to Drs. Locke and Kenner, to keep vitality and the spark in a romantic partnership, one cannot rely on feelings alone but must actively think about how to enhance the relationship. Topics include: understanding your partner, encouraging your partner to pursue values, making your partner feel loved, showing generosity and encouraging joint decision-making.

"How to Enjoy Sex" will focus on creating emotional intimacy, creating the mood for sex, communicating about what each partner wants, prioritizing sex and avoiding subverters of sexual pleasure.

The instructors will illustrate key principles by performing role-play dialogues, and participants will be given voluntary exercises to enhance their ability to apply these skills to their own lives. The course is open to couples, including same-sex couples, singles—anyone who wants to enhance a current relationship or acquire knowledge for a future one.


Parts: 4

Handout: none