We all long for authentic relationships, but, even in our overly connected lives, these relationships are hard to find.
We meet people and socialize online, but these connections tend to lack a necessary dose of human intimacy. We work beside people in crowed office buildings, but our communication is work-oriented and not relationship-oriented. We may be lucky enough to have friends and family in our lives, but when we are distracted by social media and busy with work, those relationships take a hit.
So what does it take to create and nurture an authentic relationship? That’s a question Angel and I help our students answer on daily basis. After a decade of coaching individuals and couples, and researching how people build authentic relationships, we’ve learned a lot about what it takes, and we’ve also learned a lot about the mistakes people make in the process. It’s a subset of the latter – the mistakes – that I want to touch on today.
One of the biggest mistakes we make in our relationships is denying the truth. We deny the truth about [Read more…]