Simply Sweet Marriage: What's your emotional style?

September 3, 2009

What's your emotional style?

By Julie Hanks, LCSW, Clinical Director
Wasatch Family Therapy

Have you ever noticed that you find yourself repeating relationship patterns, even if you don't particularly like them? Do you find that you tend to feel similar emotions in your close relationships time and time again? We all have a unique style of relating to others that has its roots in our earliest relationship patterns. In our first few years of life our emotional world revolves around our family and parents (or caregivers). While these patterns aren't set in stone they provide a default pattern for our emotional life and our relationships throughout life. It can be helpful for you to understand your relationship style so you can modify it when it causes distress or it no longer works for you. Identifying your style doesn't mean that you are blaming your parents for the way you are. It can be helpful to understand your early relationships and how they impact your current emotions and relationship patterns so you can choose to make changes. To learn more, click HERE .

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