You would expect love to be a naturally occurring phenomenon but if hear the lectures by professor Tomonori Morikawa or Mao Saito, then you will come to realize that love and romance is every bit scientific as the study of the universe. Morikawa teaches the scientific analysis of love and apparently his lectures are very popular with the women.
The main focus of what both the professors teach is communication. In his ‘Mate Selection Theory’, Morikawa emphasizes on being clear in articulation of thoughts. For example by asking your mate if they would like to dine in French restaurant in Shibuya or eat Italian in Ginza, then the outcome will be positive and to the effect of what you desired. Mind you, this is not manipulation but a simple and effective way of getting your thoughts across. The aim of Morikawa’s class is to find the keys to a successful romance. The plummeting birthrate and inclination towards a single life, makes romance a challenge.
Associate professor at Ritsumeikan University’s department of Social Science, Mao Saito has a different approach to the study of love. She prefers holding seminars, which soon turn into a ‘love cafe.’ She encourages the participants to communicate and evaluate their relationships. According to her many youngsters are drawn into the peer pressure of having a partner just for the sake of it. So many of them are going through quantity rather than quality relationships. I think I better sign up for a class on romance and love, it’s never too late you know!
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