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Review: The difference between healthy and unhealthy love

Speaker: Katie Hood
Date: April 2019
Location: Vancouver, BC

Description from TED website:
In a talk about understanding and practicing the art of healthy relationships, Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship — with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member — and shares the things you can do every day to love with respect, kindness, and joy. “While love is an instinct and an emotion, the ability to love better is a skill we can all build and improve on over time,” she says.

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My Review / Notes / Thoughts

This is a very good talk, one that everyone really needs to hear because we can all learn to improve the quality of our relationships. Also, we all need to be aware of the warning signs of toxic relationships and how to deal with them or help our friends/family deal with those situations.

I believe this talk would be good in a variety of areas. This would be a good one for HR delivered training in any environment, as we all can benefit from healthier work relationships.

It is also an excellent talk for students majoring in psychology, sociology, and the like. For these students, this talk could be a good introduction to topics such as abusive relationships and dealing with them. It would certainly be a good jumping-off point for getting the students engaged in discussion around the topic.

I think that this talk would also be good for high school students and first-year college students. As they are entering into new chapters in their life, they need to be developing the skills that will help them create healthy relationships with those around them, from friends, family, peers, and even as they are delving into romantic relationships.

How can you see using this talk in a curriculum? What types of engagement or assignments would you pair with it to get students to dig deeper into the topic?

Until next time … live long, life-learner!

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