When Intuition Leads to Disconnection: 4 Counterintuitive Mindsets to Improve Your Relationships

 

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In many fields, there are beliefs that are commonly held because they are intuitive, but they are completely wrong. Here are a few:

  • To be successful at work, you work hard.

  • To be successful in design, you focus on aesthetics.

  • To be successful in fitness, it's about maximizing weight.

The correct belief is often counterintuitive:

  • At work, it's not actually about working hard, it's about working smart.

  • In design, it's not about focusing on aesthetics, it's about focusing on usability.

  • In fitness, it's not about maximizing weight, it's about mastering form.

In relationships, there are many commonly held beliefs that you continue believing in because they feel intuitive, but in reality, they are getting in the way and causing unnecessary arguments, headaches, and confusion in your relationships. What sucks is no one is going to tell you because they don't even know either. It's the blind leading the blind... so we're here to help you learn these counterintuitive mindsets.

Norman is a facilitator for Stanford Graduate School of Business' legendary Touchy-Feely class, which has trained MBA's on interpersonal dynamics for over 50 years. During the pandemic, Norman helped Stanford co-design a virtual version of the Touchy Feely class. After facilitating and creating learning experiences for companies like Facebook, IDEO, Stanford d.school, Norman teamed up with Stephanie and co-founded Relating Between the Lines, an 8-week program that helps you skillfully navigate conversations with the people you care about most. It's a course to make the most of your relationships for the rest of your life.

In Relating Between the Lines, we are fortunate to have been able to serve students from these companies:

In this pop-up workshop series, you will discover the painful cost of holding on to intuitive, but wrong beliefs, and discover the freedom and ease made possible in your relationships by correcting these beliefs.

Pop-Up Workshop 1: 🥶 On Thin Ice / Tue Jun 29, 5:30PM-6:15PM
What makes you successful at work sucks the life out of your relationships. Stop treating people as problems to be solved, and start embracing people as humans wishing to be seen.

Pop-Up Workshop 2: 📢 Calling the Shots / Tue Jul 20, 5:30PM-6:15PM
You are only as likable as you are selfish. Only when you make filling your cup a priority can you show up with the kind of generosity that nurtures you back when shared with others.

Pop-Up Workshop 3: 🔇 Silent Treatment / Tue Aug 10, 5:30PM-6:15PM
The fastest way to lose trust is to keep calm and carry on. Exchange your "I'm fine" for "Here's what's actually going on" and prevent unnecessary misunderstanding.

Pop-Up Workshop 4: 😒 No Hard Feelings / Tue Aug 31, 5:30PM-6:15PM
Time spent avoiding emotions is time borrowed from your future. Get back lost time by asking for what you need, even when it's uncomfortable.

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A Note on Full Participation:

Our program, and by extension, our workshops, are not for everyone. Like riding a bike, relationships cannot be learned through observation alone, without a willingness to fall, and in absence of your fullest attention.

This is why we require your video to be on during the workshop. It's the only way for you to practice with others, experience the material first-hand, and to be fully present.

If you cannot have your video on and fully participate, we will ask you to leave and tend to whatever it is you need to--no hard feelings. This experience is not for you if you prefer to multi-task, watch recordings after the fact at 2x speed, or hope to get the learnings without engaging fully.

To ensure the best learning experience for yourself and others, please download the latest client version of Zoom or at least have version (5.2.0+), and come on time. We will close doors 5 minutes after the session begins.