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RelationshipsBy The School of Life, Alain de Botton

In a Nutshell

Relationships, by The School of Life, equips us with a Post-Romanticist template for understanding love that enables us to check in with ourselves and set realistic expectations for our romantic lives.

Favorite quote

A successful relationship always needs to be accompanied by a lot of explaining. This isn't because we are especially strange, but simply because everyone emerges as puzzling and warped at close quarters.

The School of Life


Relationships are complex and messy, yet beautiful. Navigating them is a skill we're not taught in school and many people find themselves struggling through this important area of life. Many desire them, yet seem unable to fully open up, be vulnerable, or accept the routine they can entail.

The School of Life's mission is to teach people how to lead more fulfilling lives through developing emotional intelligence. Through books, films, classes, and products, this organization seeks to help people find connection, self-understanding, and resilience – especially during difficult times.

In Relationships, The School of Life challenges us to rethink our understanding of what love should be through insightful psychological concepts. From important issues like sex and communication to secrets and crushes, Relationships teaches us that love is a skill we can learn and practice daily. This book challenges common yet impractical assumptions about love that ruin relationships, giving us practical ways to be better at being loved and loving others.

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