What This Course Will Do for You
Have your life circumstances changed and you now find yourself back
in the dating rat race? Do you always seem to be attracted to the
wrong kind of person? Is your current dating strategy getting you
nowhere or you simply have high standards and you've even tried
online dating providers, but still can't find someone who shares the same important values?
Whether you are young and just starting out in the dating
game or you are recently divorced or widowed, e-learners of all ages
will benefit from "How to Date in a Healthy Way," an insightful new
Webversity course about dating and the search for true love.
Blending old-fashioned advice with the present-day realities of
Internet dating and the increased need to be vigilant about privacy
and personal safety, instructor Melanie Clark examines the
fundamental obstacles that prevent many of us from being able to
enjoy a lasting relationship. Each lesson of this new e-course
offers thought-provoking insights and exercises designed to teach
students helpful techniques for dating in a healthy way and
evaluating the health of their romantic relationships. The course
also gives practical, step-by-step guidelines on how to conduct your
own personal inventory to discover who you are and what you want in
a relationship; how to recognize why you are losing at love by
clinging to people who won't commit themselves; how to make yourself
more appealing to others, how to discard unhealthy relationship
habits, and how to build your self-esteem in today's beauty and
Lesson 1: Get A Life! It sounds like a cliche, but
for many people who are dating (and those who have given up on dating), getting a life of your
own is a necessary step before you can ever hope to build a successful relationship with
another. In this lesson, you'll learn how to perform a self-interview by asking simple questions
to help you assess three important areas of your life and find out what is healthy and what
areas require attention before you start dating.
Lesson 2: Sharing Your Life with the Right People Find
out who is safe and who isn't when it comes to inviting others into your romantic world.
In this lesson, you will learn about "boundaries" that allow you to teach others how you want to be treated,
as well as knowing when it is safe to open up and when to hold back. "Red flags" pointing to
negative qualities in prospective partners that we probably should avoid will also be examined.
Lesson 3: Three Elements of a Lasting Relationship
Explore the essential elements that are necessary in any successful relationship: common
interests, responsiveness, and trust. This lesson is for people who want a relationship to
evolve into a complete union built on a solid foundation of friendship and trust. Your personal
"World View" and how it may impact your compatibility with a partner will also be examined.
Lesson 4: The Meaning of Intimacy Just having a sexual encounter does not add
up to being intimate in a meaningful way. In this lesson, we will explore important qualities
that enable prospective partners to become intimate with one other.
"Intimacy busters" such as addiction to sex or porn, substance abuse, over-eating, and
dishonesty will also be examined. With these insights, you'll be able to evaluate
whether you or your partner are heading down the wrong road away from intimacy.
Lesson 5: What is Love? In this final lesson,
we will delve into the eternal question what is love – and what isn't? You'll
learn why some people succumb to the thinking,
"It's better to have someone and be miserable than to have no one at all," and how you can
replace this destructive thinking with a much more positive approach: "It is better to be
single, happy and self-confident than to be in a bad relationship where I'm miserable!" The
lesson also explores "love clues" or positive behaviors to look for in a dating partner with whom
you might like to build a future together.