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Learning Session 6: Lockdown Romance: Creative Ways to Keep in Touch

1.The New Normal, Love in LockdownKatherine Jane Reyes
2. Ano ang Theme Song ng Buhay Mo? Fostering Social Connectivity through Music and StoriesPatricia Del Pilar Simon
3.Pinakilig Pero Hindi Jinowa: The Psychology of FlirtingLowel Urian

LS6.1: “The New Normal, Love in Lockdown”

The pandemic has been less than ideal for relationships old and new, leaving some couples locked down with each other. In general, the early stages of dating can be difficult to navigate. Add in a pandemic and getting a relationship off the ground becomes even more complicated. The old rules of dating don’t seem to matter anymore, and it’s easy to want to put things on hold when there’s a lot of uncertainty. But take a step back, says psychotherapist Marcy Cole, PhD, and this can also be a time of opportunity for people wanting love. In this learning session, we will discuss some key factors that affect relationships fare in the new normal and top tips for nurturing healthy relationships in the model of Love Psychology.

Facilitator: Katherine Jane A. Reyes, RPm (Human Resources Practitioner)

I am a Registered Psychometrician board passer year 2015. Graduated Cum Laude with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Psychology year 2015 at Pamantasan ng Cabuyao. Currently, in the field of Human Resources for five years, taking Masters in Educational Psychology and teaching units in UPLB.

LS6.2: “Ano ang Theme Song ng Buhay Mo? Fostering Social Connections through Music and Stories”

Belonging is a fundamental human need (Baumeister & Leary, 1995). One way that humans build connections with others is through sharing stories. Music, on the other hand, is a recognized universal tool for healing and connection. In this learning session, the students will be introduced to the idea of how both music and storytelling can be therapeutic, and how music and shared narratives were used since ancient times to facilitate recovery and to bring people together across cultures. Participants will be given an opportunity to gather and exchange stories of hope and resilience during the pandemic aimed at fostering social connections. Using song lyrics and movie themes that capture their experiences and goals in life, the session aims to create a meaningful encounter filled with hope, music, laughter and camaraderie that students can treasure as we transition to the new normal. Students are encouraged to warm up their vocal cords and to bring their musical instruments of choice.

Facilitator: Patricia D. Simon, PhD, RPsy (De La Salle University-Manila)

Tracy Simon is a registered and practicing psychologist (8th place in the 2016 Professional Regulation Commission board examination for Psychologists). She earned her undergraduate degree in BS Psychology (cum laude) from UP Diliman and her MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology degree from DLSU Manila. She is now an Associate Professor teaching full-time at the DLSU Psychology Department. Apart from being a psychologist, researcher, and educator, she is also a music enthusiast who loves to sing and play music in her spare time. She is a firm believer in the power of music to connect people and to facilitate healing and recovery.

LS6.3:Pinakilig Pero Di Jinowa: The Psychology of Flirting

This learning session will discuss the internal and external processes involved in the action of flirting in the context of social and evolutionary psychology. Furthermore, the role of ‘modern-day flirting’ in the socialization framework of the current generation, especially during our community’s continuous transition towards the New Normal, will be systematically explored. Lastly, this learning session will also give the participants practical ideas on how to protect themselves from ‘harmful flirting’ and as social beings, on how to flirt wisely and responsibly.

Facilitator: Lowel L. Urian (National University Bulacan)

Sir Lowel is a graduate of BS Psychology from the University of Santo Tomas and is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Education major in Guidance and Counseling at St. Joseph’s College of Quezon City. He is a Registered Psychometrician and the School Counselor at the National University Bulacan.