That Which Binds
Humans are, by nature, social creatures. We thrive on interpersonal experiences and cooperative interactions. We are damaged by abusive, toxic, or neglectful relationships in the same way.
Some people have been hurt too deeply or too regularly by others to trust in relationships, yet they still naturally desire companionship and the feeling of belonging like everyone else. One exception may be sociopaths, but even those with sociopathy tend to display an eagerness to "fit in." It is pretty safe to assume the majority of people want enriching, healthy relationships.
There are many types of relationships, from the superficial bonds of strangers at the local store to the unbreakable link between parent and child. Each interaction is an opportunity to satisfy one of the more basic drives in life: to be accepted, and to be understood. Not every interaction (for some people, not even a majority) work out so well.
Learning New Social Tools
As prominent as social interaction and relationships are to that which drives humanity, there's not a lot of information available during our most socially formative years. Adolescents are thrown into a huge arena together to simply "figure it out," and unfortunately very few actually succeed. Mostly, they (we) just find whatever works well enough to get by.
Regardless of age, we all have the ability to improve our social abilities and learn- or relearn- better ways to create, build, and maintain our relationships. Much of this will depend on the fundamental perspective of beliefs as entities, making them easier to detach from and alter to your benefit. However, the power of knowledge is often a tool in of itself in situations where so many of us have few sources to pull from.
What To Expect
This relationships blog will focus on psychological and alternative perspectives to give you new tools to use in your relationships. Sometimes there may be direct actions, and at others simple (but not necessarily easy) altering your beliefs and perspectives.
Whenever applicable, links to experts and studies will be included in the article. Any perspectives, techniques or other information not supported by science will be referred to as experimental. One size doesn't fit all, and so some things may work wonders for one person and be catastrophic for another. That is true even for thoroughly researched and supported psychological methods.
If you are in an abusive or dangerously dysfunctional relationship of any kind, please seek professional help. This blog is not a replacement for personalized, professional assistance.
Going In To Get Out There
All relationships require two parties. In every relationship you have, you will be a major component. Before working on relationships, it may be necessary to work on your health to ensure you are at your best. Bringing the best version of yourself possible to interactions can often make a huge difference.
Enjoy the journey of metaphysiological perspectives on relationships!
These are posts from previous directions of Metaphysiology. Old blog posts and pages that don't fit the current theme can still be found here.
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