The opportunity to love and be loved is a large part of what makes life worth living. Love also opens us to pain, particularly when we become long-term caregivers or experience the death of a loved one. This course harnesses current psychological research to explain the science behind love, loss and resilience. Scientific investigations into love and loss have increased dramatically over the last 15 to 20 years, and these investigations have produced fascinating (and sometimes surprising) insights. Likewise, the fields of neuroscience and mind-body medicine have informed our understanding of what techniques are most effective in helping those who are caregiving for a loved one or grieving a loss. The course culminates with a review of emerging research on strategies to restore and renew oneself after love and loss, emphasizing the potential for lifelong growth.
- The science of love, attachment and loss
- For better or worse: how relationships “get under the skin” to affect the immune system and disease
- The science of mind-body therapies
- Mitigating grief’s health-damaging effects
- Interventions that support major life transitions: the science behind resilience, restoration and renewal
Note: The intent of this course is to offer a general educational overview of the topics described. If you are seeking specific therapeutic guidance, please consult with the mental health professional of your choosing.