You’ve got shared history together. You love and you are loved. SO, why do you STILL feel lonely within a primary relationship with your spouse, family member, or friend? Long-term feelings of isolation make us depressed, stressed, angry and empty.
“He/she just doesn’t communicate (feelings)! She/he wants information from me but never says much in return.” I meet and coach families that know virtually nothing about each other’s inner hopes and heartbreaks, pasts and plans. We are all so swept up with life, it’s hard to make time for emotional intimacy. Are we listening across the generations to each others’ hurts and heartbeats, memories and dreams?
Psychologist Arthur Aron says “One key pattern (in) the development of a close relationship is sustained, escalating, reciprocal, personal self disclosure.” I agree.
If your husband never gives any details about his “bad day at work,” or you avoid telling a close friend about your medical challenges, you and they lose important opportunities for intimacy.
Simply being with a parent, best friend, cousin, or spouse, even when we’re engaged in meaningful, productive activity just isn’t enough. It’s natural to be instinctively protective or even ashamed of our weaknesses, fears and failures. Today though, I choose a different path. I am courageous. I’ve learned to draw closer by consciously baring and (selectively) sharing my “Achilles heels,” by starting conversations at a deeper level and asking questions which get to the heart of things.
I don’t expect immediate solutions or changes related to these moments, just the benefits of love and loving.