Relationships are hard; all kinds, including parent/child, friendships, co-workers and of course, romantic partners. 

 

In my work as a therapist, I see some constant themes that continue to pop up as being a source of disconnection: emotions are not validated, emotional outbursts are dealt with through reactivity and punishment or consequence for “negative behavior” or emotions are attempted to be logicalized. 

 

And guess what? None of this works. Disconnection ensues and the relationship doesn’t feel safe. In this episode, I talk about how to have curiosity, empathy and compassion for the emotion driving the behavior rather than focusing on the behavior itself, and which of the Four Agreements you need to keep in mind at all times. 

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