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Guy Fawkes or Kent Fire?

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I often liken the exhilarating
state of ‘falling in love’ to Guy Fawkes Night. 
It’s a night with lots of excitement created by fire-works of such
beauty that take your breath away and make your heart beat faster. The instant
attraction to another person causes reason and rhyme to vanish whilst the
adventure of meeting someone new begins.

It’s not unusual for that bright
light of ‘falling in love’ to die quickly like fire-works once the new
relationship faces the challenges of everyday tasks and routines.
Unfortunately, the media – and especially the relationship templates offered by
Hollywood movies – bombard us with caricatures of love designed to make
millions of profit. It’s not their intention to up-skill people for better
relationships.

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What is Love?

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When you ask the question “What
is Love??” people will give you many different explanations. Indeed, love is
many things for many people. I would like to present the concept of ‘Consummate
Love’ following the ‘Triangular Theory of Love’ developed by Robert Sternberg.

Robert Sternberg  explains that love exists in interpersonal
relationships that are characterised by intimacy (closeness, connectedness, and
bondedness), passion (romance, physical attraction, sexual consummation), and
by commitment (the decision to remain with each other, share achievements, and
make plans together).

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How We Judge People We Just Met!

You might be surprised to hear that having successful relationships has nothing to do with finding the right partner or colleague but everything with psychology and how our brain functions. Having a successful relationship is a project, not something that people can acquire by being especially skilled in spotting the best suitable partner. Successful relationships are like a garden: You have to attend to it – regularly – to make sure it stays in shape.

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