While American culture might be socializing people into becoming more individualistic rather than empathic, research has uncovered the existence of "mirror neurons," which react to emotions expressed by others and then reproduce them. Here are some thoughts and techniques that can defuse and even transform a difficult exchange. on April 03, 2018 in Talking Apes It can be difficult to apologize, but in the long run we feel better about ourselves—and have stronger relationships—when we make amends for the wrongs we've done. Why our humanity demands that we find the threads that link us. As reported by Miodrag Popovic (2005) in his article “Intimacy and Its Relevance in Human Functioning,” the word intimacy originates “from the Latin term ‘intimus’ which means ‘innermost’ and refers to sharing what is inmost with others” (p. Intimacy can be used in reference to various kinds of relationships and generally refers to mutual intellectual, experiential, emotional, or sexual expression which fosters feelings of closeness or connectedness.
Try your best not to react to your partner’s distancing behavior with anger or frustration.OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO INTIMACY Create a Safe Space.When your partner feels you are getting too close, he or she will often act in ways that push you away. If so, your partner may be struggling with fear of intimacy. In order to understand fear of intimacy, it is helpful to understand what defines intimacy. Does it seem like every time you start to get close to your partner, she or he finds a way to prevent you from connecting on a deeper level?It can be difficult and scary for your partner to accept that he or she deserves your love, respect, and affection.It is sometimes easier for your partner to resort to behavior that will maintain the pattern of rejection and isolation that is familiar to him or her.Problems with intimacy often stem from childhood experiences that set the pattern for how one deals with trust.It is likely that your partner survived some form of trauma that made it difficult to trust others. on April 02, 2018 in Let's Reconnect Are your personal relationships feeling more distant in a world that is becoming increasingly digitally focused? on April 02, 2018 in Animal Emotions An interview with Risë Van Fleet and Tracie Faa-Thompson about their book "Animal Assisted Play Therapy" which adds lightness and the animals' well-being to the therapeutic process. D., ABPP on April 02, 2018 in Do the Right Thing Approaching difficult conversations with accommodation, humility, and the assumption of goodness might go a very long way in terms of having productive and useful conversations. But what impact does thinking about it have on our mental health, empathy and feeling of connection to others? By Jennifer Haupt on March 29, 2018 in One True Thing There was, in this country filled with beauty and grief, a kind of permission to feel my own sorrow for the past and hope for the future. By Stanley Coren Ph D., DSc, FRSC on March 28, 2018 in Canine Corner The animated film ' Isle of Dogs' brings to mind a historical incident in which all the dogs in a city were exiled to a barren island.