Relational Self-Awareness: The Key to Navigating Modern Love | Alexandra Solomon | TEDxSanJuanIsland

Modern romantic relationships are not “plug and play” like they were for our grandparents. Cultural shifts shape what we want, need and expect from an intimate partner.

Relational self-awareness is a meta-tool that helps us create intimate partnerships that will nurture, elevate, and heal us. Dr. Alexandra H. Solomon is an unapologetic love nerd. She is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University and a licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

She writes articles and chapters for leading academic journals and books in the field of marriage and family and is the author of the book Loving Bravely: Twenty Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want. Her second book, Taking Sexy Back: How to Own Your Sexuality and Create the Relationships You Want, is about sexual self-awareness and will be published in February 2020.

Alexandra maintains a psychotherapy practice for individual adults and couples, teaches and trains marriage and family therapy graduate students She teaches the internationally renowned undergraduate course, “Building Loving and Lasting Relationships: Marriage 101.” She works with groups like United States Military Academy at West Point, Microsoft, and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and frequently appears in media outlets including The Today Show, O Magazine, The Atlantic, Vogue, and Scientific American. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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