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7 TED Talks about Relationships That You Wont Want to Miss ...

By Michelle

TED talks about relationships are great because they explore the way we interact with others. There are so many types of relationships from romantic to platonic. I enjoy watching TED talks because they have ideas worth sharing that start conversations and can make a difference. These are some TED talks about relationships that you won’t want to miss.

Table of contents:

  1. Letters
  2. About marriage
  3. Why we love, why we cheat
  4. When it goes wrong
  5. Siblings
  6. Long-term relationships
  7. Thank you

1 Letters

I admire this TED talk about relationships because it addresses letter writing. Personally I love to write letters! Lakshmi Pratury talks about how letter writing is a legacy we leave behind for loved ones. Letter writing helps relationships thrive as you learn to communicate what's going on, both good and bad. So you might just find yourself writing a letter next time instead of thinking the phone.

2 About Marriage

Jenna McCathy explores what makes relationships last. After all, you know what sends them down the drain, but are there things that you can do to make your marriage last? You’ll have to see what McCathy shares in this funny TED talk. She’s relatable and honest which makes her talk about relationships compelling.

3 Why We Love, Why We Cheat

Helen Fisher tunes into relationships as she addresses romantic love and the brain functioning associated with that love. An interesting thing I took from her TED talk was that your brain is stimulated in the same way when you are madly in love as when you are using cocaine. Crazy, right? Well, her cross-cultural research about love and relationships prove otherwise.

4 When It Goes Wrong

Let’s face it, not all relationships are healthy. Leslie Morgan Steiner tells her story of domestic violence. You need to learn the signs to spot and stop the cycle. If you are in a violent relationship, you aren’t alone but you need to speak up in order to break free. I feel it’s important to talk about where relationships cross the line to be able to recognize it.

5 Siblings

Your relationship with your siblings is completely different to the one you have with others. Or, so this TED talk says. Using the Kennedy family and his own stories, this talk comes to life.

6 Long-Term Relationships

When you’re ready to commit, you’ve got to be committed. “What sustains desire in a committed relationship?” You need security, predictability, safety, dependability, reliability and permanence to ground you in your relationship. But Esther Perel suggests that you need adventure, travel, journey, surprise, novelty, mystery and the unexpected. That’s a tall order when it comes to relationships. When you watch Perel talk though, you learn more about how long-term relationships can build upon these bases.

7 Thank You

Expressing gratitude is an important element to a successful relationship. You need to recognize the day-to-day things rather than only complimenting your loved ones when they buy you a birthday present or take you on a trip with them. By telling them how thankful you are to have them in your life, you are actually strengthening your relationship and encouraging them to do other things for you whether they receive the praise or not. I found this TED talk fascinating and feel inspired to start thanking the people in my life.

TED talks about relationships are worth-watching in my opinion because your connection with others is so precious. What did you learn? What are some other talks about relationships and connection that you like?

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