Relationships are so ubiquitous it is hard to imagine a world without them. At any given time we can find ourselves engaged in the sometimes delicate dance of interpersonal communication with others. These others can involve persons with close emotional affiliations, such as friends and family members, or close proximal affiliations, such as co-workers, employers, and/or employees.
Without exception, a healthy individual requires healthy relationships, but for countless reasons, relationships of all shapes and sizes can get stuck in repetitious cycles that may be unhealthy and stressful. Therapy can be a place to navigate through and improve the quality of interpersonal relationships by developing new levels of self-awareness and insight, fostering practical relationship skills and overcoming interpersonal challenges. Some areas of focus might include:
- Couples or marital therapy
- Learning to be more assertive
- Overcoming shyness
- Ending unhealthy relationship patterns
- Dealing with anger and rage
- Ending vicious cycles of spousal abuse
The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships
(2002; Author: J. Gottman)
Being able to communicate effectively will ensure the stability and longevity of important relationships, including those with our kids, siblings, friends, and coworkers. Gottman focuses on what he calls the emotional "bids" being made in communication - that is, a gesture, a look, a touch, tone of voice... anything that is intended to make some kind of emotional connection with the other person. Readers will learn to identify their own "bids" and how they respond to the "bids" of others. Strategies are offered to develop more effective emotional communication skills to improve meaningful relationships.
How to be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving
(2002; Author: D. Richo)
Drawing on the concept of mindfulness, Richo makes suggestions on how we can be more loving, realistic, and present in adult relationships. The five hallmarks of 'mindful loving' are described as: 1) attention to the present moment, 2) acceptance of ourselves and others as we are, 3) appreciation of all our gifts, limits, longings, and existential human predicament, 4) physical affection, expressed in respectful ways, and 4) allowing life and love to be just as they are, with all the joys and pains, without trying to control it. Potential readers should find something helpful in this well-written book on relationships.