Rushing Relationships: Understanding what Escalates Emotions, Commitment, and Attachment

Timothy Muehlhoff, Noreen Muehlhoff

    • Monday, February 3, 2014
    • 9:30–10:20 a.m.
  • Chase Gymnasium
  • Open to: Students

Cost and Admission

This event is free to attend.

Our first chapel in Spiritual Development's special series "Feeling the Love: Thinking about Feelings in Relationships". In romantic relationships things often move quickly resulting in intense feelings and quick attachment. We've all had the experience of relationships that moved too quickly resulting in flame out, misunderstanding, and hurt feelings. Communication scholars have identified five escalators that rapidly move relationships toward commitment. How can we identify and manage these powerful escalators? Our ability to manage these escalators, suggests the ancient writers of Proverbs, is to learn to monitor our words and actions.


Timothy Muehlhoff

Tim Muehlhoff (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is a professor of communication studies at Biola University in La Mirada, California where he teaches classes in family communication, interpersonal communication and gender. Tim has authored The God Conversation: Using Stories and Illustrations to Explain Your Faith with JP Moreland, Authentic Communication: Christian Speech Engaging Culture with Todd Lewis, Marriage Forecasting: Changing the Climate of Your Relationship one Conversation at a Time, and  I Beg to Differ: Navigating Difficult Conversations with Truth and Love. He and his wife, Noreen, are frequent speakers at FamilyLife Marriage Conferences, and Tim has served with Campus Crusade since 1986. They live in Brea, California, with their three sons.

Noreen Muehlhoff

Noreen, a native of Connecticut, comes to Biola via Ohio, Lithuania and North Carolina. She and Tim, her husband of 25+ years, currently live in Brea, California with their three sons.

She was on staff with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) for 30 years ministering to college students in the U.S. and overseas. She and her husband speak nationally with FamilyLife at weekend marriage conferences as well as at marriage and relationship retreats and seminars. Together with two other couples, they teach an undergraduate interdisciplinary class on Christian Relationships and Marriage.

Thought-provoking movies, dark chocolate and the beach top her list of favorite things, especially when shared with family and good friends.


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