…and welcome back to my blog.
In continuation of this series of reasons why people come to counselling today we’ll be looking at relationships.
The definition of a relationship is the way in which two or more people are connected.
Our need for connection is innate, we are born with it. Therefore, relationships are extremely important – in which the bond created is more than the sum of its parts.
Simply, they represent what it means to be human.
Whilst the need is innate, the ability to create successful, healthy and loving relationships is learnt – from the moment we are placed into our mothers arms.
When talking about relationships most people concentrate on romantic, but it is important to be aware that we have relationships with all the people in our lives from family and friends, to work colleagues, neighbours and acquaintances. We can experience breakdown of any of these relationships – therefore it is key to nurture them all. Relationships cannot survive on their own, they need the care and nurturing of two people to create and sustain a connection.
What happens when relationships fail?
It can be a great source of pain, hurt, discomfort, distress, anxiety and sorrow to name but a few. This can make individuals feel:
- Isolated and alone
- Distrustful of others
- Loss of self
Why do relationships fail? It could be for a number of reasons including but not limited to:
- Insecurities and low self-esteem
- Lack of trust
- Communication issues
- Compatibility concerns
- Different expectations
- Unmet needs
- Fear of vulnerability
- Health issues/concerns
- Money issues
- Domestic Abuse
We all have old patterns of relating, arising from our past relationships, which may even stem as far back as childhood, that can get repeated and impact our life, as well as our present or future relationships. These patterns may even result in some individuals finding it difficult to form relationships in the first instance.
As social beings we thrive in relationships. Therefore, we can experience great anguish when they fail, especially if we may not understand the deep underlying reasons why. Counselling can help to bring these reasons into awareness, explore old patterns of relating, learn how to make a new relationship, whilst being able to talk honestly about issues without fear of judgment
Please like, comment, share and follow, and until next time:
be kind | embrace growth | nurture relationships