When: Monday, May 16th 7-9 PM
What: The Science of Romantic Relationships
Who: Rachel Heller, Social Psychologist, co-author, Attached
Where: Atlas Cafe, 3049 20th St @ Alabama St. in the Mission District
According to psychiatrist and neuroscientist Levine and social psychologist Heller, authors of “Attached”, one’s adult romantic partnerships have patterns similar to those one has as a child with one’s parents. Our need for attachment, they conclude, is hardwired into our brains but each of us expresses it differently. Focusing on three main attachment styles (secure, anxious, and avoidant), Heller will present research that explains the biological facts behind our relationship needs, teach us how to identify our own attachment styles, and warn of the emotional price of connecting with someone with drastically different intimacy needs. Teaching communication skills to breach these differences, Heller will stress that people have very different capacities for intimacy, and that partners must ensure each other’s emotional well-being. Chock-full of tips and case studies, this discussion features solidly researched and intriguing approaches to the perennial trials of looking for love in all the right places and improving existing relationships.
Levine and Rachel S.F. Heller, are coauthors of the new book Attached. They’ll present research that is designed to help you recognize your attachment style, learn how to avoid relationship pitfalls, pick partners based on your style, and adopt secure relationship strategies.
University of California, Davis, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Phillip R. Shaver, calls Attached a “…fascinating and enormously useful guide to one of life’s most important ventures—finding and sustaining a secure, satisfying love relationship.”
About the Speaker:
Rachel S. F. Heller holds a master’s degree in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University. She has worked as a corporate consultant and more recently with families, couples, and children within various educational settings to improve their relationships and their lives. She lives with her husband and three children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Heller and Levine’s work has been featured as cover story in Scientific American Mind. Heller has been a guest on several radio shows including NPR’s Tech Nation and she has been a guest speaker at the New York Academy of Sciences.