My motivation to write an article on the dichotomous relationship between love and pain lies heavily on the most common complaint I hear from people I work with. The most common complaint I hear is that most of my clients experience an inability to connect with friends, family, or lovers – sometimes even pets. It presents as an inability to connect, to be vulnerable, and to experience empathy. I’m not talking about superficial connection that revolves around pleasantries, and I’m not talking about not being able to do activities with others. What I’m talking about is the connection that is often called “intimacy,” the connection that makes us feel safe, can make us feel comfortable sharing our bodies with others, and the connection that is a result of feeling seen, heard, and respected in our experiences. Continue reading
Can you remember the beginning of your relationship? Do you recall the butterflies? Do you remember sitting by the window waiting for him/her to arrive – or driving to pick your partner up at his/her house? Do you remember the nervousness, the excitement, the endorphin rush you felt – the physiological sensations of attraction that contributed to the initial attachment phase?
Maybe you’ve forgotten how all of those things feel. Continue reading
Have you ever had a one-sided conversation with someone that seemed more like you were witnessing a monologue than engaging in a dialogue? Continue reading