It would be more helpful to think about our life as a juggling act. Which role are we using now? mother, worker, friend, etc. and allow our essence to be about who and what we truly are: what do we value about ourselves and our world. Are you loyal? Kind? Hardworking? Focusing on what resonates with us may help us to create the time and space to develop these further, this in turn can increase our overall life satisfaction.
Times are evolving for men. The stereotypes of men from the past: strong, silent types are shifting. More men are interested in engaging with their partners in meaningful ways and are more open to assuming and thriving in non-traditional roles.
The truth is that it’s not as complicated as some might make it seem. Men and women’s desires in a relationship can be different and understanding this is helpful in navigating a relationship. Generally, men tend to be visual in their desires, while women tend to be auditory, meaning they not only want to see the qualities they desire, but they want to hear them.
Dealing with conflict is a major part of engaging in any relationship. People are unique and when they want to join and realize some of the pieces do not fit, conflict ensues! It is inevitable and much of it is resolvable through effective communication skills, a genuine willingness to engage with your partner, humor and affection.
Restoring in this client’s case was about helping her return to her essence, her passions. Gradually our conversations have turned from what to do about anxiety and more towards its root. Where or what is causing the anxiety. She has had some insights lately about her need for security and safety and therefore law school was the “logical” answer. And now that she has climbed the corporate ladder and has seniority, she is able to recognize that there is something missing …
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