Safe Relationship Spaces

Written by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

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Many of us have spent a great deal of time in unsafe relationship spaces. In fact, some of us have never experienced a safe relationship space because many, if not most, of us have not learned to create a safe inner space by staying in a loving adult frame of mind when our fears are activated. When our fears of being rejected, abandoned, engulfed and controlled are triggered, most of us are triggered into a child state and immediately retreat into our learned controlling behaviors. We may move our focus into our minds to avoid our feelings; we may attack, blame, defend, demand, explain, deny, judge, criticize, shut down, withdraw, resist, give in and comply, placate, lie, become overly nice, and so on. Of course,repparttar moment we act out in controlling ways, our behavior may trigger another's fears of being rejected or controlled, and that person may then react in controlling ways as well, creating a vicious circle and an unsafe relationship space.

If, when these fears are activated, we focus on who is at fault or who started it, we perpetuate an unsafe relationship space. Blaming another for our fears (and for our own reactive, unloving behavior) makesrepparttar 126233 relationship space more unsafe than ever. Then both people inrepparttar 126234 relationship end up feeling bad, each of us believing that our pain isrepparttar 126235 result ofrepparttar 126236 other person's behavior. We feel victimized, helpless, stuck, and disconnected from our partner. We desperately wantrepparttar 126237 other person to see what they are doing that (we think) is causing our pain. We think that ifrepparttar 126238 other person only understands this, they will change--and we exhaust ourselves trying to figure out how to make them understand.

Over time, being in an unsafe relationship space creates distance betweenrepparttar 126239 people involved. When we have not created a safe space in which to speak our complete, heartfelt truth about ourselves,repparttar 126240 joy between us gradually dies. Andrepparttar 126241 more we hold back our innermost feelings and experiences,repparttar 126242 shallower our connection becomes. Our intimacy crumbles.

In friendships, marriages, and work relationships, our joy, aliveness, and creativity get lost as we each give up parts of ourselves in an attempt to feel safe. In romantic relationships, passion dries up. Superficiality, boredom, fighting, and apathy take its place. We try valiantly to figure out what went wrong. But too often we ask, "What am I doing wrong?" or "What are you doing wrong?" rather than inquiring intorepparttar 126243 health ofrepparttar 126244 relationship space itself.

Only when we look atrepparttar 126245 relationship space will we see what we are each doing to createrepparttar 126246 unsafe space. The dual fears of losingrepparttar 126247 other through rejection and losing ourselves through being swallowed up byrepparttar 126248 other arerepparttar 126249 underlying cause of our unloving, reactive behavior. These fears are deeply rooted. They cannot be healed or overcome by getting someone else's love. Onrepparttar 126250 contrary, we must heal these fears before we can share love--give and receive love--with each other.

The key to doing this is learning how to create a safe inner space where we can work with and overcome our fears of rejection and engulfment. This is a process, not an event. Practicingrepparttar 126251 six step process of Inner Bonding gradually creates inner safety as we learn to take personal responsibility for our own feelings and behavior. Inner Bonding guides us in defining ourselves internally throughrepparttar 126252 eyes of our personal spiritual guidance, instead of externally through performance, looks, and others' approval. In addition, it provides us with a clear process for conflict resolution that can be used in any relationship difficulty. Instead of love eroding with time, love deepens daily, supporting each person inrepparttar 126253 sacred journey ofrepparttar 126254 soul's evolution.

Any two people who are willing to learn to create their own inner sense of safety can also learn to create a safe relationship space where their intimacy and passion will flourish and their love will endure.

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. isrepparttar 126255 best-selling author and co-author of eight books, including "Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By You?", "Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By My Kids?", "Healing Your Aloneness","Inner Bonding", and "Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By God?" Visit her web site for a FREE Inner Bonding course: or

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. is the best-selling author and co-author of eight books, including "Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By You?", "Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By My Kids?", "Healing Your Aloneness","Inner Bonding", and "Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By God?" Visit her web site for a FREE Inner Bonding course: or

Do We All Dream in the Same Language?

Written by Susan Dunn, MA Clinical Psychology, The EQ Coach

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No one in my household wasrepparttar slightest bit worried about thunder, and I rarely even "hear" it, but I have a friend whose hands start to shake. Innate temperament and a mother who feared lightning.

I have a friend who can’t ever really relax on a vacation trip. She always has a vague anxiety about traveling. Nothing phobic, just uneasy. When I asked her to talk about traveling when she was a kid, she flashed immediately to a time when her mother took her and her 3 siblings by train from Chicago to Texas back when things were even more iffy - they got stranded for 6 hours at one switchover, and her mother totally broke down inrepparttar 126232 station, with her 4 little kids, no food, no help, allrepparttar 126233 bags, no information. She started crying and screaming hysterically and my friend remembers this as clearly as if it were now. It's part of what her mother "taught" her about traveling.

Her brain got it wired that travel = panic, and then each trip she’s taken since then has reinforced that.

Things like NLP and coaching can start to unhook these connections and no, you can’t do it by reading a self-help book. Remember, it isn’t a “thinking” thing. Wrong brain.

You can learn something immediately – just memorize that list of phone numbers - but to learn something new intorepparttar 126234 limbic brain takes practice and repetition, and a coach or someone to interact with who has a new perspective.

To learn more aboutrepparttar 126235 limbic brain and emotional intelligence, take The EQ Foundation Course©, .

(c)Susan Dunn, MA Clinical Psychology, The EQ Coach, . To take The EQ Foundation Course, go here: . Emotional intelligence coaching and EQ coach training, distance learning.

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