Psychology of Relationships: Irritating the Ones You Love
This course is designed to help social workers understand the underlying contributors to relationship problems. It explores how “unconscious” reasons stemming from early childhood and each person’s relationship with their parents, control so much of people’s choices and behavior in relationships. It delves into the hidden reasons people are drawn to particular partners, and how, unknowingly, the past affects one’s reactions in present situations. It provides tools social workers can use to help patients uncover the hidden influences on them so that they can choose partners for the “right” reasons, grow as human beings, stop being at the mercy of their emotions when partners “push their buttons,” respond to potential problems and issues in effective ways, and make their relationships more functional, intimate, and happy.