Brian Pennie

The Psychology and Neuroscience of Love, Loss and Abandonment


online course with 

Brian Pennie & Daniella Moyles

4th May – 1st June

The bliss of love. The heartbreak of loss. The fear of abandonment. Everyone has experienced some, if not all, of these powerful feelings. But not everyone has learned how to deal with them. This is critical, because how we navigate these experiences, and ultimately, our relationships, determines the quality of our lives.

This course will teach you how to:

The course takes place each Tuesday, from 

4th May – 1st June

at 7pm – 8pm 

Cost:  €249 

Early bird €179

available until Sunday, 2nd May

What's included

Week 1 will dissect the nature of love. We’ll explore conditional versus unconditional love, romantic versus non-romantic love, as well as the evolution of love, and how it relates to our physiology. We’ll also discuss the impossible cultural pressures ingrained in us from childhood around what love is, and how we can rewire those expectations to form truly healthy, long-lasting, realistic relationships.

Week 2 will examine the unavoidable effects of our childhood on our adult ‘internal working models’ for concepts like love, trust and self-esteem. You will discover your attachment style, what that attachment style predicts for your romantic relationships, and how best to manage this for happy, healthy outcomes. We’ll also discuss self-talk, self-rules, and conditioned behaviour.

Week 3 will explore the universal human experiences of trauma and abandonment. Trauma, in particular, is often misunderstood, so we’ll be expanding on your understanding of what trauma is, and how it unconsciously influences your day-to-day life. We will also dig into the neuroscience of trauma, highlighting several science-based tools that will help you to disarm the unhealthy defenses keeping you trapped in problematic patterns of thoughts and behaviour.

Week 4 will delve into the neuroscience of love and heartbreak. You will develop a greater understanding of the biological and chemical reactions that flood our bodies when we find love, as well as their inescapable effects on our mood and behaviour when we lose it. We will also discuss the navigation of these intense emotions through the lens of humanistic psychology.

Week 5 will teach you the art of letting go and arm you with the tools to move on. Breaking free from old, unconscious patterns of thought and behaviour. Allowing an opening to change with radical acceptance, healthy boundaries. Allowing you to operate from a place of personal power and inner freedom.

About your hosts

Brian Pennie

Brian Pennie

Since his recovery from addiction in 2013, Brian has become a final year PhD student; a lecturer in Trinity College and University College Dublin; a consultant to some of Ireland’s leading corporations; a keynote speaker; and a published author.  Brian lectures on the neuroscience of addiction and his PhD explores mindfulness as a treatment for addictive behaviours.

Daniella Moyles

Daniella is a certified yoga and meditation teacher, and a level 3 Kundalini Reiki practitioner. She has completed a higher diploma in nutritional science and lifestyle medicine and is currently undertaking a bachelor’s degree in counselling and psychotherapy. She is trained in integrative bodywork, somatic experiencing and trauma-informed mindfulness.

Brian Pennie