Why Relationships Can Be So Difficult

We are fundamentally relational beings. From the time we are born until when we die, we exist in relationship to our parents, to family, to loved ones, and to our communities. It is in relationship to an other that we discover who we are and begin to develop our self identity. For many, our intimate relationships are the sources of the highest highs in our lives as well as the lowest lows. The intensity of joy and sorrow that relationships bring causes unexpected and sometimes confusing things to happen as we delve deeper into intimate connection with another person. Because of what is at stake, it makes sense that relationships are difficult experiences for so many people.

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