Relationships are apart of everyday life. As humans, we are created for connection to others. Every relationship is unique, and should be approached that way. Building relationships takes time and vulnerability, which can create conflict based on relational history. Good communication is the foundations to healthy relationships wether that be in marriage, parent/child, dating, or co-parenting.
Common relationship issues
Intense anxiety or panic in relationships
Conflict with relationships/romantic partners
History of abuse
Partners/Family with Mental Health Diagnosis
Attachment is used to describe the relationship between children and their caretakers. There are four types of attachment: secure, avoidant, anxious/ambivalent, and disorganized. Unless there is a malfunction, children typically will develop a secure attachment style. Securely attached children prefer to be with their parents over strangers, can separate from parents without overly upset, and look for comfort from their parents when they’re afraid. Avoidant children are typically uncomfortable with deep feelings and intimate situations, set extreme boundaries, may hide information from their parents, and idolize past relationships. Anxious/ambivalent attachment tend to crave reassurance and constant validation, need constant touch and interactions, use blame, guilt, and other forms of manipulation to keep others close, adn overreact when they perceive a threat. Disorganized attachments tend to have a hot/cold attitude when it comes to relationships, lack of remorse, selfish, controlling, and recreate abusive patterns from their childhood in adult relationships.