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Real Love Versus Fantasy: How to Keep Romantic Love Alive



In this Webinar:

New studies in neuroscience have recently shown that lasting romantic love is truly attainable. Yet, so many couples are asking what causes the “spark” to fade? What keeps people from maintaining that excitement, attraction and closeness they once felt for their partner? What are some of the ways couples can rekindle their feelings of romantic love?

In this webinar, Dr. Lisa Firestone explains the concept of a fantasy bond. Based on theory developed by psychologist Dr. Robert Firestone, the fantasy bond describes an illusion of connection a couple forms that replaces real acts of love, affection and relating. A fantasy bond exists when the form and routine of a relationship becomes more important than the substance – when a couple starts to forego their individuality—losing the “me” to become a “we.”

This webinar sheds light on the differences between a truly close relationship and this illusion of connection or fantasy bond. Dr. Firestone describes the characteristics of a fantasy bond, helping individuals, couples and therapists to better understand how these fantasy dynamics operate in and hurt one’s closest relationships. As a contrast to a fantasy bond, Dr. Firestone illustrates a model for an ideal relationship that combines emotional closeness and sexual intimacy.

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Once payment is received, you will be emailed a full video recording of this webinar along with all presentation materials.

There are NO CEs offered for this webinar.

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 Learn more about the eCourse “The Fantasy Bond: The Key to Understanding Ourselves and Our Relationships” with Dr. Lisa Firestone.

About the Presenter

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. Dr. Lisa Firestone is the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association. An accomplished and much requested lecturer, Dr. Firestone speaks at national and international conferences in the areas of couple relations, parenting, and suicide and violence prevention. Dr. Firestone has published numerous professional articles, and most recently was the co-author of Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships (APA Books, 2006), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger, 2002), Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2003) and The Self Under Siege (Routledge, 2012). Follow Dr. Firestone on Twitter or Google.

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Stevan Dweck

I am already registered, I believe.
Is there a way I can download Dr. Firestone’s notes/slides to enable me to make notes and follow her presentation (which usually go by too rapidly). Moreover, the slides/notes allows me to refresh the information later.
thank you for your wonderful work.
Stevan Dweck

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