Teaching complex IR theories to students, who are often early in their academic careers, can be a challenge for many academic staff.
Our approach uses a carefully structured analogy, based on a dating scenario, to challenge students to explain and theorize the behaviour of the key actors in a way that is transferable to an IR analysis of state behaviour.
Here's a gooder that I came across: Women are like pinball machines. Often you may hear that Math is like sex, here are a couple of examples: Both typically begin with a lot of hard work and end with a great but brief reward. She told her mother, "Anthony proposed to me an hour ago." "Then why are you so sad?
For example, there are metaphors of interpersonal conflict, metaphors for domestic violence, romantic partners’ metaphors for relationship development, and former partners’ metaphors for relationship break-ups.
Across romantic relationships and marriages, common metaphors frequently appear: : In the context of two-person relationships, this metaphor suggests that there are actually three parts- “you,” “me,” and “it.” The “it” is the relationship.
Some people say every bad relationship just prepares you for finding the right one. This isn't like ordering take out, you can't stop at Panda Express and get an order of Lo Mein and "A soulmate to go please".
You have to learn how to just live life and let it happen, you can't force someone to like you, you can't force someone to love you and you cannot force a soulmate to come into your life, it just happens.
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