Lecture #19: 
Social Emotional Skills [2]:
Making and maintaining relationships

by Darcy A. Santor | June 2022 

The people you meet and hang on to over the course of your life will be your single greatest asset. They will help get through school and find jobs, manage your setbacks and defeats, as well as make your day and your week enjoyable. But sociologists have documented a steady decline in the numbers and types of people in our lives. Over the past four decades the number of relationships in our individual lives over the past 25 years. Today, we are less likely to find life-long partners, less likely to have close confidants, and report having fewer collegial relationships in the workplace than ever before.  We are becoming increasingly isolated from one another.   

In this lecture, you will learn about the extraordinary benefits of having people in your life, for your health, mental health and success at both school and work. You will also learn about the various skills needed to make and maintain relationships, what it takes to move from being an acquaintance to becoming a friend, and what skills are needed to maintain friendships and romantic relationships over the long term.  

Resources:  Please download the worksheet before the seminar and complete the surveys after the seminar.

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