Relationships Advice Site!
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The Tao Of
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face it, relationships are hard work. But as human beings we need to be in
relationship: we have an inbuilt biological drive to be in contact with
other human beings.
children we grow up in a complex matrix of relationships which to a large
degree will shape who we become as adults.
Later, we dream about romantic
relationships; as teenagers we get excited about our first attempts at
sexual relationships, and these first sexual encounters are an important
rite of passage into adulthood.
As adults we look for committed,
long term relationships, and
most of us envisage happiness as being part of a relationship (whatever
that may look like).
no-one ever tells us is that relationships are hard work. You could
compare a relationship to a dance between two partners (or in some less
orthodox cases more than two) where each partner is listening to a
different tune and rhythm and they are dancing according to a different
set of steps.
To make the endeavor workable, possibly even graceful and
good fun, a lot of resilience, trust, negotiation, willingness to
compromise, skill and humor is needed.
Again, this isn't really stuff that
is taught to us beforehand, and we often believe that a relationship is
supposed to save us from all our problems, rather than throw all our
failings into greater relief.
where does that leave us? Probably with a lot to learn, but also with a
great opportunity for personal growth and shared happiness.
line for me is that when relationships do work they are fun and a source
of great pleasure and security, but when they don't they can make one
On the whole, though, they do work - or at least can be
made to work - with the right skills, and in co-operation with your
partner. And for many of us, few things in life seem to be as worthwhile
as investing in one's relationship.
just start somewhere....
skills are a vast topic and good websites take a lot of time to construct.
Please be patient with us as we slowly improve our list of available
having persistent trouble with your
relationships, we do recommend counseling as
a good way to re-establish the lines of
communicating and harmony within an intimate
For general advice on finding
a therapist or counselor, check out (in the
and (in the USA)
wise words on the way
a poem by Adrienne Rich, who captures so much of our human struggle and
need to be in relationship:
honorable human relationship - that is one in which two people have the
right to use the word "love" - is a process,
violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining
the truths they can tell each other.
important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and
important to do this because in doing so we do justice to our own
important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard
way with us.
Last updated 08.02.14
August 02, 2014