The relationships we share with one another make us uniquely human, and for many of us, the bonds and friendships we share with others give our lives meaning and purpose. But as those relationships can be built, they can also fall, and their recovery and maintenance are a skill that is essential at home and at work.
Maintaining personal relationships with others can be difficult. It takes large amounts of effort, understanding, trust, and time to make them work, especially with an intimate partner, work colleagues, and friends and family. We need to understand how and what makes a positive and healthy relationship and put the work in to make sure everyone feels safe, valued and happy.
Symptoms and Signs
You may find you are struggling with personal relationships if:
- Long-term friendships are difficult to maintain, or non-existent.
- Disputes and fights often occur.
- You find it difficult to gain and hold romantic partners.
- You tend to be overly dominant or submissive in relationships.
Problems with interpersonal relationships can come from many internal and external source. There may be histories of trauma and abuse which leads to distrust of others and an inability to communicate well, or there may be an underlying mental health problem. Therefore, it is important these factors be examined so that healing can begin and meaningful relationships can then be created and maintained effectively.