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Learn2Love Podcast

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Learn2Love brings together curated teachings from a variety of books, podcasts, and articles on how to build a great relationship. We believe that healthy love is a skill that can be learned, trained and mastered like a muscle. This education is largely missing from society at large today. To address this need, we have researched dozens of books and hundreds of interviews, articles and real-life experiences to bring our best teaching forward to you. Happy learning!

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Imagine that you and your partner are on a boat in the open ocean. Waves are coming and the wind is high. Rowing on your own, you're doomed. Rowing together in perfect sync, you can overcome multitudes. It's your job to keep the boat afloat. In this episode, we'll continue our discussion from the last one and recognize difference in the way we and our partners were raised. Then, we'll discover that we have to go against our grain to be effective. It's easy to tell our children to be respectful then yell at our partners when we are tired. But relationships are a bit like management. Through recognizing your partners strengths and encouraging them, you can bring out an amazing character that can significantly enrich your life. Everyone has an amazing story. We are all survivors of our bad days. What picture are you painting of your partner? Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
In this episode, we'll delve deep-down into the cycle that often leads to divorce: happiness -> tension -> complaining -> criticism -> contempt -> defensiveness -> stonewalling (via flooding) -> isolation -> loneliness -> separation. We'll learn about healthy complaining vs unhealthy criticism, why it is necessary to complain sometimes, and gender differences. Men and women cannot expect to have similar interactions with their partners as they do with their friends. As we will see, they have very different physiological responses to emotion and complaints. Both need to be very conscious of how what they are doing is affecting their partner for they often DO NOT see it the way we intend them to. Catch yourself in this cycle early to prevent it from proceeding to the end, and do the opposite of it to bring you back to good times. It doesn't have to always be perfect, just aim for 5 good times for every bad. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
We'll start this episode wrapping up the cognitive neuroscience approach to understanding feelings from the last one. This will help us understand that we often see in others what we expect to. Looking for the good in others helps us find good, whereas focusing on bad will leave us seeing and experiencing bad from them. Then, we'll discover that suffering actually helps to create meaning, proposed by Viktor Frankl in "Man's Search for Meaning." By creating goals that form justifications for things that appear as suffering, those things no longer appear negative (such as doing housework).  Moreso, they leave us feeling "sculpted," for the most enjoyable things in life are always hard. Finally, we'll learn that we can't always control what we feel, but can control how we want to respond to it. We are often more anxious about the thought of feeling something than the feeling itself. This is because we feel like we always have to be in control. The truth is that it's okay to feel lonely and sad. By acknowledging feelings and seeing them for what they are - temporary normal occurrences - we can be closer to ourselves and our partners. And learn to let go, too. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
In this episode, we take a deep dive into the science of cognition. We'll learn about what determines the way we feel in situations. This consists of all the components of a situation, the weights we put on them, and the feelings associated with them. This understanding will examine the role of the stories we tell ourselves and the perception we have of our partners. We'll discover the importance of self-care and how this changes the components that enter a dynamic. Finally, we'll touch on trauma, learning, and genetics. This will help us: 1) better understand ourselves and our partners, 2) emphasize the need to discuss our wants, needs and expectations, and 3) feel more empowered to respond with excitement to change. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
In this episode, we dive deep-down into the neuro-anatomy of trauma (including PTSD) and how it affects our relationships (hint: it plays a huge role!). We'll discover that trauma is a brain glitch where memory cannot be scrubbed from emotion and integrated from one brain region to another. We'll explore some mechanics of how the brain works to better understand this process - including why we dream! If you think unresolved trauma doesn't affect you - you're in for a surprise. We all share soft-spots, and discovering them and our partners' can make it easier to feel comfortable together. Finally, well discover ways to heal from unresolved trauma including Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, and others such as growing a passion, sharing our story with friends, and learning to be more in touch with our bodies. Trauma is hard, but these tools can make it a bit easier to cope with. We don't have to hold the cup forever - how heavy that must make us feel. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
Today, it's easier than ever to ignore our feelings. A bit of stress? Reach for the cellphone. We feel down? Brush it off. The problem is that when you don't put out a fire, your whole house burns down. Neglected thoughts arise in the body. Yet we feel like we're not allowed to feel different from the perfection advertised around, which is especially exaggerated through social media. If our feelings don't deserve to be acknowledged, why should our brains believe we should? Numbing hurts our self-esteem. Choosing to feel and asking for help gives our partners the chance to be there for us. It prevents many problems. And it makes it easier for them to support us, leaving us able to carry our own stable self-esteem. Remember RAIN: Recognize, Acknowledge, Investigate, and Non-Identify. We can use what we learned about habits to make starting this new trend simpler. The hardest part is often always starting! Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
We've learned so far that partnership is so important to building a healthy and strong relationship. But what is the difference between being a team and just being super needy and dependent? In this episode, we'll explore the concepts of independence, interdependence, and codependence in more detail. We'll discover how to strike the right balance between coming together to feel close yet not too close that we leave our partners feeling resentful to us or suffocated. Communicating our needs, wants and expectations, and working on self-care, can help us be more successful. Love is hard, but it doesn't have to be! See more at https://learnlove.ca Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
In this exciting episode, we continue our discussion on feelings started in the last one. We'll discover that our feelings often glitch when we don't take proper care of ourselves. Many of us would rather eat better, sleep more, spend more time in nature, breathe deeply, and exercise more regularly, and our partners would like this too! We feel bad and take t his out on those close to us, which leaves them hurt and damages the friendship and safety between us. But as adults, we need to harness our ability to separate reactions from feelings - we feel like we want to lash out, but we can instead choose to go for a walk instead. Love is commitment in spite of feelings glitching sometimes! We must always stay committed to the friendship between us and guard it as if it is extremely valuable. For it may be the most rewarding and meaningful things we are ever so lucky to experience in our lives. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
In this episode, we wrap up everything that we learned so far about habits. We apply this specifically to our relationships. We delve deeper to understand how our environment affects our moods, how to set up habits to deal with conflict, and the effect of stress on our habit responses (hint: it encourages you to use them)! We'll discover how we can practice getting them working for us as our default no-think behaviour when conflict arises by practicing when times are safe, just like we would for an exam (it's fun!). Finally, we'll dive deep into feelings and notice that they often glitch. We'll realize that we can't always feel great, and that this is okay. By writing down how we feel and what we're doing at different times of the day, we can be scientists of our own minds and spot trends early on. See more at https://learnlove.ca! Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
We’re stuck. We want to be good to our partners, but sometimes we just snap at them and don’t know why. We want to feel good, but we’re dissatisfied. The relationship is boring sometimes. Is this all there is in life! More of this, every day, week after week, year after year! Habits are like a double-edged sword. The more we do them, the more bored we get from doing them, and the more they stick. In this episode, we’ll learn how to discover cues that lead to our habitual responses, and how to change our responses by modifying the cues. We’ll learn the biggest cues of negative feelings and interactions with our partners, and how to establish an environment that encourages the most positive ones to thrive. This way, we'll prevent most fights, and learn to feel much better too. Feeling good is hard, but it doesn't have to be! See more at: https://LearnLove.ca Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
Think of yourself like a tree. When first sprouting out the ground, the branches are delicate and can be easily snapped with our fingers. If we continue to let them grow, they get thicker and heavier. Soon, we need a chainsaw and some trucks to take them down! By setting limits, we can stop branches forming early before they get too big. In this episode, we'll get further into our understanding of habits and how they affect our relationships. By building up an emotional bank account, we set the habit of coming together when times are good to stick when times are bad. Plus, we'll discover the power of habits that stick and how to change them (people kept smoking for 20 years even after they knew it was bad! Now we know why). See more at https://LearnLove.ca Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
Okay Dory, you taught me all these great things I can do to deal with anger and mitigate conflict. But now what! I've tried implementing them, but I'm not successful. When I get angry, my body just takes over in conflict and the things you taught don't come to mind. Does this sound like you? If so, you're not alone. In this episode, we apply the skills that stroke patients use to walk again, children learn to talk, and adults use to drive (and crash). The way to build great habits is deep in your DNA and kept humans alive until today. The good news is, you can use these tools to help you learn to optimize the way you deal with anger. Neurons that fire together - wire together - and vice versa. Conflict is hard, but it doesn't have to be! See more at https://LearnLove.ca Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
In this episode, we delve deep into conversations we started on the last one about the 4 Horsemen of Argumentation. We'll work hard to set ground rules on what is absolutely not okay in our household. We'll discover signs of abuse and what to do about it. Next, we'll delve into the world of scapegoating and how it might be affecting you or someone close to you. Finally, we'll talk about unmet dreams, boredom, and how that may be leading to issues in our relationship. Plus many examples, stories, and analogies! Check out more at learnlove.ca. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
Conflict is hard. But it doesn't have to be! In this content-filled episode, we talk about the four biggest things that arise from conflict and lead to the destruction of a relationship and how to prevent them. We'll discuss the 3 main styles of conflict dynamics and how we can recognize ours, then how to overcome it. We'll talk all about the stress response, how it's affected by exercise, and how it affects our relationship. And we'll discover how we absolutely need to take care of ourselves before taking care of others. Plus tons of fun-filled analogies, stories, and examples! This is a heavy content-filled episode that will completely change the way you perceive and deal with conflict. I hope it will help you stay together! See more at learnlove.ca Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
Conflict is hard. But it doesn't have to be. In this third episode on our series on conflict resolution, we 8 new tools to our conflict resolution toolbox. We'll talk all about managing our urge to defend, deny, counterattack and withdraw. We'll learn about agreeing with part of the statement, agreeing our partner has an opinion, using humour, and more. We'll discuss why some problems gridlock due to unrealized dreams and how to manage them. We'll discuss how physical sensations lead to emotional ones and vice versa, and how we can leverage this to our advantage. Finally, we'll visit a short story to put everything together. Check out more at learnlove.ca! Thank you for taking the journey to build healthier relationships and stronger families. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
In this series, we're learning all about how to prevent most conflict and deal with the few that get through successfully. In this episode, we build on the topics of the last one by discovering more of the drivers of anger and how to address them. We are presented with an analogy to understand the role of different parts of our brain during conflict and the order we need to deal with them to calm the situation down most effectively. Anger and conflict is hard, but it doesn't have to be. What do you think is running the show for you, your thoughts or your emotions? I hope these practical tips and real life experiences will help you understand your partner more and make both of your lives easier. See more at learnlove.ca! Thank you for taking this journey with us to build healthier relationships and stronger families. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
Anger and fights are hard. But they don't have to be. In this episode, we discuss the three main reasons that anger and fighting occurs. By learning to address them, we can prevent the significant majority of fights and deal with the ones that pass through effectively. We don't have to go in blind and make the same mistakes as those around us. By learning to understand this emotion, we can make our lives easier, our relationships stronger, and feel better. Plus some bonus neuroscience too! Learn about how to recognize anger, that it usually means fear, modelling the behaviour we want to see using mirror neurons, and facilitating connection. By setting limits and regularly checking in, we can catch warning signs early before they explode two weeks later. Relationships can be easy and a lot of fun! I hope these tips will help to strengthen yours. You can apply this to other aspects of your life too! Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
Dating is hard. But it doesn't have to be. In this episode, we use the limits we learned about in the last episode and apply them immediately to dating through an in-depth analogy discovered through brainstorming sessions with our team. We'll take you through exercises where you learn to place the things that are important to you around your house and learn to carefully give the right people access. We'll learn how to screen that the right people get access to our most fragile parts, why we seek the wrong people access them, and what we can do to protect them. Finally, we'll learn how to renovate the outside of our house so that the right people come knocking, and learn how to greet them in an effective way. We don't have to love harder, just smarter for better results! See more at learnlove.ca Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
Limits are essential for the success of nearly any relationship and barely discussed in society. These are the ways we protect the way we interact with ourselves and others. We must share the blueprints for what is okay and not okay with our thoughts and others, for they are much harder to guess than you'd imagine. By learning to enforce them and ensuring they are clear, consistent, and well advertised, we can make our self-talk, relationships, and parenting easier. In this episode, we'll ask ourselves some questions to explore what our limits are, then learn how to apply them effectively across our life. Check out more at learnlove.ca! Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
There are a million things competing for our time. We're conflicted between our partners and our other peers or parents. Our partner asks for help on something we have no idea on. We don't agree with their perspective on something. What in the world are we supposed to do? In this episode, we dive deep down into the role of teamwork in a relationship, what it's supposed to look like, and how to optimize it for success. This is something so important that we are barely taught about in our lives. Let us help you by fast-tracking the amount of trial and error you have to do before finding what works best. Check out more content at learnlove.ca. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/learn2love-podcast/donations
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