Navigating Interpersonal Relationships
Our connections with others, whether it is with romantic partners, friends, family members, co-workers, or acquaintances, play a critical role in every aspect of our lives. And while they can bring about a lot of joy, they can also be the cause of a lot of stress and discomfort. The dynamics between people, especially when there is closeness and an expectation of trust, can bring up a sense of vulnerability for many people.
We all long for healthy, happy, close, and authentic relationships with others. It brings a fullness to our lives and can be a source of enjoyment and deep contentment. There are, however, barriers to achieving this. Do you find yourself struggling with the interpersonal relationships in your life?
Signs that your interpersonal relationships could benefit from exploration and positive change:
- you feel manipulated, controlled, judged, or demeaned
- you don't feel like a priority or as though you are supported
- you are made to feel "wrong" for just being who you are
- your boundaries are not respected or honored
- there is a lack of honesty and openness