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The Truth About Falling in Love

From the Show: HER
Summary: Not every loving relationship mirrors a fairy tale.
Air Date: 8/17/17
Duration: 26:01
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Mandy Len Catron
Mandy Len CatronOriginally from Appalachian Virginia, Mandy Len Catron now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Walrus, as well as literary journals and anthologies. She writes about love and love stories at The Love Story Project (TheLoveStoryProject.ca), and she teaches English and creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Her article “To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This” was one of the most popular articles published by the New York Times in 2015.

Mandy Len Catron’s Modern Love column, “To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This” was a viral internet phenomenon, receiving more than 8 million views in the first month and over 400,000 Facebook shares. It received coverage across the world in publications from the New Yorker to the Guardian. It was later made into a podcast read by actress Gillian Jacobs. Her two TEDx Talks on love have received over 4.5 million views combined. Most recently, she’s started a popular research-based relationship advice column for the Rumpus.
The Truth About Falling in Love
Love stories influence our expectations about romantic love.

Are you basing your romantic relationship on tales of love? Maybe it’s time to be more intentional about falling in love, a process that may shape the rest of your life.

How do you fall in love logically and make it last?

  • You have to choose to love someone with no guarantee they’ll choose to love you.
  • Treat your lover with kindness.
  • Look for someone who makes you better.
  • Love is ordinary. It happens to humans and animals alike. It’s a small part of a larger life experience.
  • Your love narrative is your own and doesn’t have to follow a template.
  • It’s more important to have a loving relationship than to have a love story.
Listen as Mandy Len Catron joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to discuss how to fall in love.

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