Wed, 1 June 2022

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

How To Get Relationships Right

Dr Melanie Joy in conversation with Hannah MacInnes

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Bestselling author and Harvard educated psychologist Dr Melanie Joy shares the principles and tools that can make any relationship, from personal to professional, healthier and more resilient.

Relationships are complicated. Yet it’s an unfortunate reality that while most of us have to learn complex geometry that we’ll probably never use, we don’t get a single formal lesson in how to relate to others.

In this livestream event, Dr Melanie Joy will reveal the common psychological dynamics that underlie all kinds of relationships: with a romantic partner, friends, family members, colleagues–in short, with anyone in any situation. Understanding these dynamics can enable you to make all your relationships healthier and more resilient, and help you contribute to creating a better world.

Drawing on the most relevant research as well as on her own extensive experience as a psychologist, Joy will explain how to strengthen your “relational immune system” to resist not only interpersonal stressors but also largely invisible yet potentially devastating societal stressors like racism and sexism. With this understanding, you can cultivate relationships that consistently reflect core moral values and honour the dignity of everyone involved.

Praise for the books of Melanie Joy:

“Melanie Joy’s work is… important and groundbreaking.” – Yuval Noah Harari

“One of the most thought-provoking books in decades.” – Heather Mills

“Melanie Joy instills empathy and non-violence. It is no coincidence that she received…following Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama, the famous Ahimsa Prize.” – Matthieu Ricard and Martin Gibert

“Dr. Melanie Joy is one of the most important theorists of how we rationalise cruelty. Here, she shows the way oppressive ideologies build upon one another by desensitising us to the worth of other thinking, feeling beings. And more optimistically, she shows how we can rediscover sensitivity and help others rediscover it as well.” – Ezra Klein

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Dr Melanie Joy

Psychologist and Bestselling Author

Melanie Joy, PhD, is a Harvard-educated psychologist specialising in relationships, communication, and the psychology of social change. She is the award-winning author of six books, including Getting Relationships Right and Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. Dr. Joy has given talks and trainings in 50 countries, and for her work on global social transformation, she was named the eighth recipient of the Ahimsa Award, which was previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. Her work has been featured by media outlets around the world, including The New York Times, BBC, CNN, and ABC Australia.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.