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Rotarians learn about ‘Healthy Relationships’ on Valentine’s Day

Jake Old • Updated Feb 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Joe Malone, adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University, presented “Healthy Relationships” during the Lebanon Noon Rotary Club meeting Tuesday.

The presentation focused on explanations for human behavior in relationships — romantic relationships, in particular — that can be gleaned from natural sciences, such as biology and chemistry.

Malone said that he believes college students are too often subjected to only the explanations and theories of social sciences, like sociology and psychology, as to why people act the way they do in romantic relationships.

Malone said he feels social sciences provide the “politically correct” explanation, while natural sciences are the “politically un-correct” explanation.

At MTSU, Malone’s classes range from health and wellness to personal conditioning. His area of specialization is women’s health-related fitness with an emphasis on health psychology.

Malone explained that differing hormone levels that exist in males and females from before birth, and explode around the time of puberty, can help explain the attitudes each sex generally has toward romantic relationships.

The balance of hormones can be erratic in young people, with a significantly higher variation in young women, Malone said.

“That’s why you talk to a young man and you say, you know, Mary can be in a certain mood, act a certain way on Monday, and then on Wednesday, it’s like she’s a completely different person,” Malone said. “I think you women understand what I’m talking about. That’s not easy.” 

Malone said he feels it is imperative for teenagers and young adults, especially those who are college-aged, to understand the natural science behind their relationship tendencies. He said learning the natural science behind relationships helped him when he was younger.

“When you know what’s going on, you know why these things are happening and you feel the way you feel, it’s a lot easier to take a step back and understand it,” he said.

“If you have no idea, you think everything is about your social upbringing, then you’re just going to think that you feel what you feel and there’s no control over it.”

The Lebanon Noon Rotary Club meets each Tuesday at noon at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club. For more information, visit lebanonnoonrotary.org

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