If You Could Get a Degree in Relationships: What Would the Course Look Like?

I'd defy anyone to turn down the opportunity to learn more about the other sex, and be able to use relationship advice with ease, as well as provide it to their close friends and relatives to good effect.

This would be possible with a hypothetical 'relationship degree' at a university - but what would this imaginary degree look like? If professors were to teach people how to manage relationships, how to make up with their ex's, how to attract a partner into their life - what lessons would they teach in their restricted number of lectures?

This is an interesting question, and one I'd like to explore in the following article. Obviously, relationship advice is a very subjective topic and as such, the results here are only my own opinion. I'm sure everyone else's relationship leadership degree would look slightly different!

So, lets start with the class size - which would be the most appropriate for such a personal and intimate topic? I believe the natural answer is a class size of just 1. That's right; one on one coaching would obviously be the natural course of action, as it would provide privacy and would facilitate openness for the participants. Some people are happy to talk about relationships in the open, whereas others are far more reclusive.

The problem is that this would never be economically viable - so lets draw our first lesson from this =

"While we sometimes wish that everything in our relationships was just between us and our partner, in reality it will never be that way."

This is a fact that we simply must embrace.

"That's an easy thing to do if you're confident, but I'm not!" I may hear you retort. That's a valid argument, however this is ultimately why those reclusive types tend to sometimes find it harder to get into a relationship. I never said that love treats everyone equally!

Now, onto the lesson content. What would the first slide be?

Well, any introduction should be an honest reflection that will set students up for the rest of this 'love leadership degree'. It should invoke the mood that you would want to set in the audience. I think a fitting opening line (And our second lesson in this article) would be this:

"Only love will make you happy, but it will probably hurt you first".

This should hopefully really instill in the audience and your mind, that relationships are not a magical solution that will instantly improve any life it touches. Love is a force that will only positively effect your life you have the confidence, the passion and a little luck which will enable you to break through that pain barrier - that wall of no confidence that would stop you from achieving what you want from the relationship.

As for the syllabus of the course: I believe everyone requires a different lesson plan. This is our third lesson for today:

"Everyone has issues, and everyone has problems with relationships".

The consequences of this statement are vast. This means that even though you may think that your love interest is 'perfect', and that they could do no wrong - they will have insecurities and issues too. They may even be more nervous than you are, or have less experience than you do.

In the end of the day, the exam would reward only one attitude - those who appreciated that they didn't quite know the right answer, but had a shot anyway. This is the only attitude you will need to stand a chance in relationships.

Simon Oates writes about relationships and this hypothetical love leadership degree or online leadership degree on his relationship blog http://www.leadership-expert.co.uk/

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