How necessary is a relationship?

Most of us would agree that while love can make us happier it can also make us more miserable than anything else.  So is it really worth it?  Do we need a relationship in order to live a happy and fulfilled life?  Are there times when it’s better for us to be on our own?

Resolute singletons would argue that flying solo better suits our contemporary lifestyle – greater freedom, fewer sacrifices, no commitment, more fun.  Die-hard romantics would counter that 1 + 1 equals something greater than just 2 people, and that life without love is poorer for it.  Others of us don’t know what we want, and drift from one relationship to the next simply because we’re afraid to be on our own.

Whether you’re in or out of love, up or down with it, this class will trawl the wisdom of the ages to see what ideas philosophy, psychoanalysis, literature and art can offer each of us in deciding this question for ourselves.

Information about an online degree in psychology is available for people who are interested in taking their study of psychology and psychoanalysis to the next level. Many people are fascinated by questions such as “are relationships necessary” and want to delve deeper to learn more.


18.30 – 21.30

What to expect:

Classes cost £30.50 a session, are approximately 3 hours in length and take place at our central London headquarters. They are limited to 25 people and include a mix of lecture, group activity and discussion. Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.

Sessions take place at The School of Life. The run order for the evening is as follows, although timings are subject to change:

18.30      Introduction – Light buffet & drinks

19.00      Class commences

20.15      Break (times vary)

21.30      Class finishes


The School of Life, 70 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB

t: 0207 833 1010





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