While personal space and depth of conversation are unique to the individual, distance can hinder our ability to connect. Is it time for better boundaries? Dr. Hick, Denver relationship therapist, chimes in.
Boundaries. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard this term thrown around a fair bit. And yet, if you are like many people, you are likely still a little fuzzy on exactly what a boundary is, how it is established, and how it can be helpful to you. Furthermore, you are likely wondering what boundaries have to do with fearlessness and relationships.
Let me start by sharing two brief stories about two individuals, each on a quest for love.
“Tony,” a man in his early 40s, recently decided to change his life in a powerful way. He is getting healthy, in mind and body, and is seeking a relationship with a mindful partner. He puts himself out there, engaging in conversation easily. On first dates, he becomes comfortable with talking, and shares about his interests, mindful practices, and beliefs. Unlike his date, Tony also discusses his history of romantic relationships, difficult childhood, and struggles with anxiety. He leaves feeling that the date went well and that a good, deep connection was established. Tony feels confused and rejected when a second date is declined.
“Heather,” a woman in her late 30s seeks counseling due to feeling dissatisfied and lonely. She shares that after years of dating she has not dated anyone longer than a couple of months. Heather reveals that she is a strong woman, and “does …continue reading
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