Open Smarter Course
Monogamy? Polyamory? Swinging? Monogamish? Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell?
Which type of relationship you thrive or struggle in depends on your personality. Discover your unique self with the Open Smarter Method™, a new, revolutionary science-based approach to optimizing your love life.
Engaging videos designed to teach you how your unique personality makeup affects your relationship success. Discover which relationship type is the right fit for you.
15 Personality Quizzes
Revealing quizzes to determine where you stand on key traits like novelty-seeking, assertiveness, jealousy, and more. The more accurately you assess your personality, the smarter your decisions.
12 Live Group Classes
Inspiring weekly group discussions to guide you step-by-step through the entire course curriculum. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is yours by choosing the + Live Class option at over 90% off the value!
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The Open Smarter Method
For 10,000 years we’ve been told we are monogamous. Nowadays we’re told we are actually nonmonogamous. As the brilliant Chris Ryan, the author of Sex at Dawn, says, “Just because you have chosen to be a vegetarian, that doesn't mean that bacon stops smelling good."
The reality is, bacon smells a lot better to some people than it does to others. Humans differ even more in how much we crave multiple partners. Some of us are perfectly happy in lifelong monogamy, others need fully open relationships. Most people thrive somewhere in between.
It’s only when our lifestyles are aligned with our deepest desires and our most sacred values that we fulfill our greatest potential and live our most authentic life.
Designing your relationship based on your personality makes all the difference between costly relationship failures versus lifelong success.
The Open Smarter Method™ combines Dr. Zhana’s academic background as a research scholar, with her years of experience in sexuality and relationship consulting. She brings you the best of both worlds: cutting-edge information and the skills to apply it to your everyday life. This method helps you figure out where you're at on the relevant spectrum, understand what that means for you, and then gently guide you toward making worthwhile changes.
Click on the video for an example of how this works with the novelty seeking trait.
A Curriculum Like No Other
Dive into your nonmonogamy tendencies novelty seeking, desires, and relationship satisfaction.
The 50 Shades of CNM
Explore the vast array of different relationship structures so you can start considering what's right for you.
Understand your childhood attachment patterns that impact all aspects of your relationship functioning.
Develop more constructive emotional regulation skills, especially if you're a highly emotionally reactive person.
Set clear and healthy boundaries with your sexual and romantic partners around things like your own body, behaviors, and time.
Empathy & Compassion
Discover your capacity for empathy and compassion, then use them to set fair rules and agreements with your romantic partners.
Conquer the fear of the green-eyed monster that's holding you back from living the relationship life you truly crave.
Social Stigma Resilience
Overcome the societal stigma and judgment alternative lifestyles still carry with them in many parts of the world.
Sexual Risk Tolerance
Calculate the level of sexual risk you are comfortable with in order to design sexual health protocols that are right for you.
Boost your ability to experience sexual arousal and orgasm during your sexual interactions across a variety of different social and relationship contexts.
Manage catching feelings for your multiple sexual and romantic partners in ways that don't damage your pre-existing relationships.
BONUS: Science of Personality (the "Geek Module")
Have you always been curious to learn more about why humans are the way we are? How human personality works? How and why everything is on a spectrum rather than a binary? How and why women and men differ from each other? To what extent is all of this a product of genes versus the environment? Can we change who we are?
This is your chance to take that Psych 101 class you always wanted to take. The Science of Personality (lovingly called the "Geek Module") consists of 15 lessons and 3.5 hrs of video content that provides invaluable insight into yourself and other people.
Live Classes and Recordings
Let me help you get the most out of Open Smarter. Join us for a 12-week LIVE group discussion series, where I answer all your questions about the Open Smarter curriculum, and you get to connect with a supportive community on a similar journey. If you've missed some classes, not to worry! Audio recordings are available for all past classes. And you get access to our Slack channel where you can keep the discussions going after and in-between classes.
Live Class Schedule, Sundays 2-4:30pm EST.
2/21/21 Week 1. 50 Shades of (non)monogamy
2/28/21 Week 2. Your nonmonogamy orientation
3/7/21 Week 3. Relationship Needs satisfaction
3/14/21 Week 4. Attachment patterns
3/21/21 Week 5. Emotional resilience
3/28/21 Week 6. Assertiveness
4/4/21 Week 7. Empathy and compassion
4/11/21 Week 8. Sexual health
4/18/21 Week 9. Jealousy
4/25/21 Week 10. Infatuation
5/2/21 Week 11. Pleasure
5/9/21 Week 12. Community
These live classes are valued at $1,998, but for a limited time, you get access to them for over 90% off when you pair it with the Open Smarter course, just choose the Open Smarter + Live Classes option.
I'll see you in the classroom!
What People are Saying
“I really enjoy how accurate it feels in describing my journey so far. Perhaps I'm cliche, but it's comforting to hear that there's a path that will spare me the deep depression, guilt and shame I feel. I like that the videos are broken up into small segments rather than long drawn-out lectures.”
“I love the video content. Also some components in the workbook have already provided a breakthrough on an internal limiting conversations I had.”
“It's easy to follow, I like the short videos, feels very dynamic and enjoyable. I love the surveys/questionnaires and how it makes you reflect on yourself. Also love the workbook with extra information and exercises to help.”
“My husband and I are looking to open our marriage. And we just want to make sure we do it in the healthiest and smartest way possible so that we can minimize the chances of it having a negative impact on our relationship.”
Meet Your Instructor
Dr. Zhana Vrangalova is a professor of sexuality at New York University, and the creator of Uncensored with Dr. Zhana, a unique new approach to having difficult conversations about sex and love in a sex-positive space and community.
For the past 15 years, Dr. Zhana has been doing research, teaching classes, and consulting clients on the topics of monogamy and nonmonogamy.
Dr. Zhana is a lifelong nonmonogamist herself, but doesn't mind if you aren't.
Why I created this course
We expect more from our love life today than ever before. Yet every day I see people fail at relationships. Heartbreak, anger, disappointment, frustration, financial ruin... all during an era of unprecedented freedom and opportunities when it comes to sex and relationships. So much of this suffering is because we try to force ourselves into the wrong type of relationships, ones that are incompatible with our personality makeup and life circumstances. It’s like forcing a square peg into a round hole.
Monogamy isn't for everyone, but neither are swinging, polyamory, Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell (or any one other relationship type). I'm tired of seeing people blindly making poor decisions because of lack of information, outdated traditions, or strong but misguided emotions.
The Open Smarter Method™ is a scientific, personality-based approach to relationship design, which can help us avoid common pitfalls and make smarter decisions about two of the most important areas of our lives: sex and relationships.
Let's Do This!
Customize your experience with two different ways to experience Open Smarter.
What Happens After Purchase
- You’ll be immediately directed to your custom Library Page where your product is waiting for you. Cick on the View Product button to start exploring!
- You will receive a purchase confirmation email receipt.
- The charge will appear as 'Dr. Zhana' on your bank statement.
- You can access your course any time by clicking ‘Log In’ in the header of DrZhana.com or you can bookmark the login page https://www.drzhana.com/login and click the ‘remember me’ box so you don’t have to sign in every time. We will never sell or distribute your personal information to other vendors or sources.
- Start watching the videos and taking the quizzes. Remember you can work at your own pace. There’s a lot of exploration in this course and you should always feel free to direct your focus to the material that feels most relevant to you. Have fun exploring!
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