The Department of Religious, Cultural and Philosophical Studies (RCPS) at the Faculty of Humanities (FH), Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU), organized on Thursday, November 14, 2017, a seminar on entrepreneurship and innovation titled, “Guiding Students Towards Healthy Personal Relationships.”
Love and relationships are our main source of both happiness and heartache. Past and present generations of students have never received any proper formation in emotional and relational intelligence. Healthy relationships thrive on respect, kindness, and trust while unhealthy ones revolve around an imbalance of power sustained by controlling behavior, emotional abuse, or physical aggression. Dr. Jerome Daher said, “Social isolation, excessive jealousy, and physical and verbal abuse are hardly the ingredients of a healthy relationship.”
Faculty members helped students learn to recognize and protect themselves from unhealthy relationships and guided them toward healthy personal relationships by tackling the subject through three complementary approaches:
- “Foundations for Relational Intimacy” presented by Dr. Chady Rahme.
- “Choosing Your Mate: Identifying Compatibilities and Toxic Relationships” presented by Dr. Jerome Daher.
- “Challenges and Needs for Successful Relations: Stories from the Field” presented Dr. Mary Khoury.
Dr. Daher said, “Self-esteem is crucial for choosing the right partner. If you don’t believe you deserve a good partner you will not choose the right partner nor have the strength to leave a toxic relationship.”