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CC12 Workshop 10 – How We Love: How Biology Contributes to Marital Joy, Discord and Understanding - Helen Fisher, PhD

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Workshops |  Love |  Couples Therapy |  Neurobiology
Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2012
Helen E. Fisher, PhD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Apr 29, 2012
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In her lecture, Fisher discusses four biologically based styles of thinking and behaving and, using her data on mate choice among 28,000 individuals, shows why we are chemically drawn to one person rather than another.  In this workshop Fisher goes deeper into these natural temperament constellations, and discusses how partners with very different (and similar) biological styles of thinking and behaving interact to create great joy, confusion and sorrow in their partnerships.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Explain the biological basis of many personality traits.
  2. Describe how one’s biologically based temperament contributes to understanding and misunderstanding in all of one’s relationships. 

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Helen E. Fisher, PhD, is a biological anthropologist and a Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University. She has written five books on the evolution and future of human sexuality, monogamy, adultery and divorce, gender differences in the brain, the chemistry of romantic love, and most recently, human personality types and why we fall in love with one person rather than another.