You probably don’t need to be told that relationships can be some of the best (or worst) things for you. For many people, our relationships with friends, families, or partners provide us with great meaning and joy in life. But like all things, relationships take work, whether it’s a friendship, colleague or romantic partner. So how can we know if we are managing our relationships well?
This is a very complicated question and there may not be one answer (there certainly isn’t a 1-2-3 step process!). There are a few questions, however, that might be good to consider as a starting point.
Communication – Do I communicate with this person at an appropriate level? Do I feel comfortable speaking with or communicating with this person?
Respect – Do I value this person’s company and do they value mine?
Trust – To the extent that is appropriate, do I trust this person to value my opinions, thoughts and ideas?
Sometimes people don’t like to talk about relationship issues because they think these problems are embarrassing or just plain silly. But the reality is they’re not – maintaining strong relationships in your life will likely improve your psychological well-being. So if you have questions about maintaining or strengthening relationships – with your partner, a friend, or even a professional colleague – don’t hesitate to contact one of our licensed psychologists. Together, you can identify a strategy that will ultimately help to improve your relationship.
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